Cara Berg Powers

Professor and Co-Director of Press Pass TV

Cara is an innovative strategic thinker working across a variety of disciplines to build the capacity of communities to create meaningful and lasting change. Inspired by her own experience as a co-founder of a youth magazine when she was only 17, Cara has dedicated her career to providing other youth with the same empowering experiences.

Before joining the team at Press Pass TV in 2008, Cara founded the Youth Media Institute at Project: Think Different (now amplifyme) and also ran digital media programming for the United Teen Equality Center. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and change, an M.A. in transformative media arts and a B.A. in screen studies and urban development/social change. She serves as an adjunct professor at Wheelock College and UMass Boston and has guest lectured at Amherst College, MIT, Northeastern University, Simmons College and Worcester State University.

Cara has produced programming for MTV and NBC, and has provided training in media and social change to nonprofit leaders like Oxfam and Facing History & Ourselves. Cara has also presented at several conferences, including the Women, Action and Media Conference, the Be the Media Conference, the National Conference for Media Reform and the Action Coalition for Media Education Conference. She received the Empowerment Award at the 2008 Media That Matters Festival and is featured in Gloria Feldt's No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power.

Cara’s first book, By Any Media Necessary, a guide for engaging youth in change through media, is available at She is the vice-chair of the Worcester Human Rights Commission and also serves on the board of directors for the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center in the neighborhood that she and her husband reside in.

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People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good