Matisse Bustos-Hawkes serves as Associate Director, Communications and Engagement at WITNESS. WITNESS is a nonprofit organization that trains and supports people worldwide to use video for human rights change. Matisse leads WITNESS’ communications, media relations and manages the organization’s strategic efforts to reach influential networks of human rights advocates, activists and more with our tools and resources. She has secured coverage for WITNESS in The New York Times Magazine, PBS Newshour, WIRED, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, among others.

Prior to WITNESS Matisse spent time as publicist at Aperture, the fine photography foundation, and later worked at PixelPress, a multimedia company for social change where she helped produce projects such as “The End of Polio,” with UNICEF and WHO which featured the work of world-renowned photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado. Matisse was named one of Foreign Policy’s 2012 Womeratti, 100 women to follow on Twitter. Matisse holds a BA in History and Latin American Studies from New York University. She speaks English, Spanish and basic Portuguese.



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