Content Producer, Ignite: Women Fueling Science and Technology
Michaela Leslie-Rule is an artist and social scientist. She has worked for over a decade using creative media such as film, photography, and performance to engage communities that are often disenfranchised from health and human rights conversations. Michaela is passionate about the intersections of storytelling, digital media, and social change, and has developed short films and multi-media content in Europe, the Americas, Sub Saharan Africa, and most recently in India. She has explored issue areas including: child poverty, sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, incarceration and post-release stigma, gender-based violence, commercial sex work, and the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline. Her work has been recognized by the Zanzibar International Film Festival, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the International AIDS Society/ Agence Nationale de Recherche Sur le Sida et les Hépatites virales (ANRS). Currently Michaela is exploring the application of mobile technology to document social change as it is experienced by women, young people and in communities of color. Through Firelight Foundation and Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative, she is working with girls in Rwanda and Malawi to evidence girl’s personal agency and ability to create change in their own lives. She earned a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Masters of Public Health and Public Administration from the University of Washington.