About the lens

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The Lens is a digital media publication and user-generated platform for stories of the human effects of policy, politics, and culture. In the search for new and diverse perspectives, The Lens is decentralizing the editorial process by working with local reporters and the audience itself to choose stories, provide updates over time, and inspire an informed and empathetic approach to policy and culture making.

The Lens is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), meaning our corporate bylaws ensure we’re beholden to not only our shareholders, but to society. This ensures that any investor who joins our team is aligned with our mission to make society more informed, inclusive, empathetic, and inspired while building a sustainable for-profit business.


we're hiring!


The Lens is looking for passionate, self-starters who are looking for a way to engage with the biggest issues in our world today. Do you have experience in social media management/marketing, or web-development? Please email team@thelens.online with a short blurb about yourself for more info. *


our team

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Daniel Hornett
co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Hornett is a very stable genius and a globalist duck. His experience working with hill-tribe communities in Northern Thailand and leading a nationally recognized chapter of Engineers Without Borders led him to recognize the importance of policy that reflects the people it serves. Daniel founded The Lens to bring new perspectives to political conversation and find common humanity in love, vices, food, and stories. 

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Nesrine majzoub
Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer

Nesrine is inspired by big windows, midnight chats, and the way the world makes her feel small. In university she studied Sociology & Religious Studies focusing on community formation and race, and worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She’s also dabbled in filmmaking, moody guitar playing, and staying up way too late for no good reason.


michallynn Hoffman
Media operations manager

Michallynn Hoffman is a human (most likely). She finds joy in well-organized spreadsheets, a solid logistics problem, and witty sarcasm. During the adventure of obtaining a BS with her name on it, Michallynn was a leader within Engineers Without Borders and learned she loved helping others grow and discover the possibilities within their worlds. She is an advocate of “failing forward” and is looking forward to a full life with many hats.

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Aditya jalihal
director of financial operations

Aditya Jalihal is a dog, kite, and cheese enthusiast. Having studied economics, public policy, and business administration at the University of Arizona, he has chosen to get into online media production. He is currently between books and would love any references or recommendations. He joined The Lens to help spread stories that share his love for the human spirit and highlight the good in people even in the toughest of times.


*The Lens provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.