Rinku Sen, leading voice on social justice, joins Maven’s board

Veteran author, journalist and racial justice activist Rinku Sen has been appointed to Maven's board of directors.

She will focus considerable effort on Maven’s publisher coalition growth.

“Rinku is known widely as one of the nation’s leading voices on racial justice but has joined our coalition with the goal of bringing all sides of the political spectrum to the table, as part of our inclusive strategy. That’s how we got to know her -- as a participant in this vision,” said Maven CEO James Heckman. “We discovered during the process, that in addition to being a brilliant journalist and advocate, Rinku has an incredible business mind and demeanor that brings solid balance to our board. We’re fortunate to have her part of this team.”

Sen served for 11 years as executive director of Race Forward, the center for racial justice innovation, and as the publisher of its award-winning news site, Colorlines.com.

Sen is also one of dozens of award-winning journalists, best-selling authors, top analysts, important causes, and foundations who are joining Maven’s coalition of elite content channels. Her channel, RinkuSen.com, is now live on Maven.

In 1996, Ms. Magazine named Sen one of 21 feminists to watch in the 21st century and in 2008 she was named by Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries changing the world.

She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. A native of India, Sen immigrated to the U.S. as a child, and learned to speak English in a two-room schoolhouse. She grew up in Northeastern suburbs and factory towns.

Maven is an expert-driven, group media network whose innovative platform serves, by invitation-only, a coalition of professional, independent channel partners. By providing broader distribution, greater community engagement and efficient advertising and membership programs, Maven enables partners to focus on the key drivers of their business: creating, informing, sharing, discovering, leading and interacting with the communities and constituencies they serve. For more information, visit themaven.net.

Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the ticker symbol MVEN. The team includes former senior executives and veteran engineers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, News Corp, Yahoo!, Rivals.com, Scout, thePlatform and the NFL, including digital media pioneers James Heckman and Josh Jacobs, and technology innovators Bill Sornsin and Ben Joldersma.

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