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.
‘The Media Doesn’t Care
What Happens Here’
New York Times Magazine [February 18, 2015]
Teaching citizens how to shoot better video when they witness brutality
PBS News Hour [April 10, 2015]
Rebel Geeks - A Bigger Brother
Al Jazeera English [February 1, 2016]
Peter Gabriel: Tech Can Make Video Evidence a Cornerstone of Justice
WIRED [December 30, 2014]
Jennifer Lawrence's 'X-Men' billboards get removed. Why?
The Christian Science Monitor [June 6, 2016]
Police shootings and smart phones: Peter Gabriel was right about the power of video
VentureBeat [July 10, 2016]