Staff

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky | Co-Executive Director

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky is a Philadelphia native and is passionate about journalism’s vital role in creating a fair and just society. She founded Resolve Philadelphia in 2018, with the hope that sustained collaborative and solutions-oriented reporting will help bring about a more engaged, informed, and inspired city. During 2017, she was the project editor of The Reentry Project, Resolve’s pilot initiative, which focused on the challenges of–and solutions to–prisoner reentry. Prior to that, Jean was an award-winning freelance journalist, spending more than a decade reporting from the Global South and specializing in longform investigative and solutions pieces. She’s a Vice Magazine contributing editor and has been published in The New York TimesTime MagazineCosmopolitan, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others.

Cassie Haynes | Co-Executive Director

Cassie Haynes joins Resolve Philadelphia with a background in fundraising and strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. Most recently, Cassie served as the Deputy Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity where she directed the policy and programmatic initiatives impacting Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens as part of the agency’s poverty alleviation mission. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia, Cassie was Executive Director of a global sports nonprofit and has held strategy-focused senior leadership positions with two Silicon Valley startups operating at the intersection of health, fitness, and digital technology. She received a bachelor of fine arts in theater from Pace University, a masters of public health from Tufts University School of Medicine, and a juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.

Derrick Cain | Community Engagement Editor

Derrick is a Philadelphia native and is passionate about shifting the news paradigm and connecting with people to ensure accurate and authentic storytelling. Most recently, Derrick was a 2019 Reentry Think Media Justice Fellow, where he created and told stories about returning citizens that challenge stereotypes and illuminates hurdles to reentry. Derrick has several years of experience in criminal justice reform, and as a public and motivational speaker. In addition to serving as a volunteer and mentor for several organizations and continuing his personal public speaking, Derrick is the Chair of the Professional Men’s Group with Menzfit, where he helps formerly incarcerated individuals by connecting them to resources. 

Julie Christie | Data & Impact Editor

Julie is a recent Temple University graduate where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She’s passionate about data literacy and is working to open up more Philadelphia data and empower Resolve’s Reporting Collaborative to produce journalism using that data. Julie previously worked with Resolve’s initiatives like Broke in Philly and The Reentry Project as an intern and project coordinator. She’s also worked with Investigative Reporters and Editors as a Google News Initiative Fellow and won national awards as the managing editor for 1217, a Klein College project focusing on solutions to addiction in Philadelphia. Julie has earned national recognition for her reporting, editing and website design while at Temple’s student newspaper, The Temple News, and for her work with The Reentry Project.

Aubrey Nagle | Reframe Project Editor

Aubrey is obsessed with helping people understand the news and helping the news understand people. In her work with Resolve, she aims to connect newsrooms with their constituents in meaningful ways that inspire more equitable and accurate representation. Before joining Resolve, Aubrey was the Newsletter Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer where she authored the flagship morning newsletter and oversaw a growing slate of editorial newsletters. Prior to that she served as Communications Manager for Opera Philadelphia and as Managing Editor for Lifestyle & Entertainment at PhillyVoice. In her free time, Aubrey writes educational videos and newsletters about media literacy, including two series for John and Hank Green’s Crash Course brand.

Steve Volk | Investigative Solutions Reporter

Volk is a veteran reporter who previously served as a writer-at-large for Philadelphia Magazine and a contributing editor for Discover. He’s lived in the Philadelphia area for fifteen years, covering everything from politics to science to crime. He has also published two books, Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable and Breathless: How a Broken Jaw Saved My Life. This year, he will report on the city’s foster care system, which will be distributed among Broke in Philly’s newsroom partners.

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