Meet the tireless production team behind The YEARS Project.
Founder, Chairman & Executive Producer
David Gelber is co-founder and chairman of The Years Project. He served as Ed Bradley’s producer at 60 Minutes® for twenty-five years, during which he won every major journalism award, including a Peabody, two DuPont Awards and eight Emmy® Awards.
During the nineties, Gelber was executive producer of Peter Jennings Reporting at ABC News®. He spent two winters in Sarajevo producing documentaries on the Bosnian Conflict. He returned to CBS News® in 1996 to head the Ed Bradley Unit. Gelber and Joel Bach left 60 MINUTES in 2011 to create the Emmy-winning series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY and have focused on communicating stories about the climate crisis ever since.
Founder, Executive Director & Executive Producer
Joel Bach is the founder and executive creative director of The YEARS Project. He was the showrunner and series director of YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, the Emmy Award winning TV series on climate change. The series was executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the late Jerry Weintraub — and featured an ensemble cast of A-list celebrities and journalists who traveled the globe to tell the story of climate change.
Joel now serves as the director of YEARS’ short-form video campaign, the videos of which have been seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Joel sets strategy for the company and determines the creative direction of the enterprise. Before creating The YEARS Project, Joel was a field producer at 60 MINUTES, working with Scott Pelley, Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl and the late Ed Bradley. Before working at 60 MINUTES, he directed and produced music videos, short films and commercials in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Executive Production Director
Drew Magratten is the executive production director for The YEARS Project. Magratten was a producer for the second season of Years of Living Dangerously, which was broadcast on National Geographic in over 170 countries and 45 languages. Now he’s helping the YEARS team bring its climate-focused content to an even larger global audience, via social media. Prior to YEARS, Magratten worked with NPR, The New York Times, the BBC, CBS News and 60 Minutes, where his work won three Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award.
Bianca Sproul is a Junior studying sustainability and media at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Years spent growing up in Miami, Florida, has given her a passion for combating climate change and an appreciation of the natural world. She has done marketing for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Inkberries, in addition to her own freelancing. She enjoys snorkeling and swimming with manatees in her free time while studying remotely.
Zoe Lieberman is a junior at Cornell University studying biology with a minor in environment and sustainability. Through her coursework and experiences working on a local farm and at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic, she has recognized the responsibility humans have as stewards of the earth. She is particularly interested in sustainable and equitable food systems, and hopes to pursue a career that leverages her background in science to help people better understand the potential we all have to shape and save our future. In her free time, she loves cooking, discovering new music and spending time outdoors.
Gabby Lozano is a Junior at New York University majoring in
Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Politics, Rights, and
Development, and minoring in Food Studies. Gabby’s passion for
environmental justice stems from her interest in the food chain. She
is particularly eager to learn how our food choices can improve the
Gabby has previously worked in writing and research positions with
various nonprofits and thinktanks. Gabby is eager to pursue a career
in journalism, where she hopes to report on the food system, climate
policy, and migration. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking,
and helping her mom in the kitchen.
Mandy is a senior at University of Colorado Boulder and plans to graduate this May with a degree in Environmental Studies. Through her major and her time in Boulder, Mandy has developed interests in environmental justice and sustainable development, with a huge focus in the agriculture and energy sectors. She believes in the collective pursuit of climate action, creating a better future for all generations. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, reading, and cooking.
Jelina Liu is a junior at George Washington University studying Political Communication and Journalism. Previously, she was a Documentary Film major at Chapman University’s film school. Jelina has created several short documentaries and short narrative films and loves all forms of storytelling. She is also involved in student organizing around different topics, from environmental justice to workers’ rights. Jelina grew up in California, where she first became interested in climate action. In her spare time, Jelina likes to bake, read graphic novels, go to the beach, and play soccer.
Shayna Berglas is a senior studying Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. A passionate writer. environmentalist, and Planet Earth enthusiast, Shayna hopes to use her degree in business to promote and accelerate the rate of sustainable practices utilized by the commercial industry. After volunteering with the nonprofit Ocean Blue Project, she decided to pursue a graduate degree in Environmental Science following graduation. In her free time, Shayna enjoys reading, nature photography, and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Short Form Editor
Priya Subberwal is a junior at New York University, studying Environmental Studies and Documentary Film. Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Priya has always been passionate about the natural world and the stories we tell about it, and hopes to use her degree to continue to educate and agitate people to involve themselves in issues of climate change and environmentalism. She enjoys hiking and camping, and is enthusiastic about public lands advocacy and education. Her other interests include yoga, writing, and taking care of her lizard, Stevie.
Morgan is a passionate environmentalist that has been devoted to conservation since she was a teenager. A native New Yorker, she immersed herself in the culture of progress that the city has to offer. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from Hunter College and a Master’s in Renewable Energy & Sustainability from University of Colorado: Boulder. She is committed to fighting for climate justice and a just transition in the face of our changing world. Her interests include writing and journalism, connecting with the earth and meditation.
Josh Futtersak leads research and fact checking at The Years Project. He specializes in OSINT based investigative research and often writes and works behind the camera. Josh received his Master’s from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism where his research focused on organized crime in Eastern Europe, religious history, and unique New York subcultures.
Social Media Community Manager
Ilana Berger is a recent NYU graduate with a B.A. in journalism in environmental studies. She helps create brand engagement and grow TYP’s active social media communities, as well as build strong relationships and partnerships with other non-profits, digital influencers, celebrities, and thought leaders.
Prior to working at TYP, Ilana worked in digital marketing at Urbanstrong, a Brooklyn-based environmental project management firm. Prior to that, she helped with communications and digital content creation at AARP.
Ilana’s interests include green urban infrastructure, environmental justice, and being extremely online.
Maya Lilly became an environmentalist before it was hot at only 15 years old. Her gateway was discovering that we were clearcutting the rainforest to make room for cattle… and emitting carbon in the process. Shocked, she immediately became a vegetarian, and figured if she told EVERYONE around her what was happening, they would immediately take action. …Few did. This teenage Ah-ha moment sent Maya on a lifetime journey to discover the best ways to get people to care about climate. Because it was, and still is, the most important thing.
Maya’s produced long-form documentaries like Amazon’s Generation Wealth and The Big Fix; fictional projects like Starhawk’s iconic classic, The Fifth Sacred Thing (for which she narrated the audiobook); short form like Pulse’s Resist and Seven Bucks/BET’s Finding Justice; and digital stories with Brave New Films and Elevate Films. Maya is a Udall Congressional award winner, and holds a Masters from the United Nations in Environmental Security and Peace. In the (very) little spare time she has, she likes making videos for @GunghoEco, her eco-influencer channel on YouTube, Fbook, Insta and Twitter. And with Years, Maya hones her initial question of HOW to make people care every time she produces a shoot, writes a script, and forges a relationship with a frontline community.
Vernon Church began his management career as a co-founder of Newsweek Interactive, Newsweek’s award-winning digital media venture and the first of its kind in the world. He went on to lead digital and creative teams at HarperCollins Publishers, Blue Man Productions, John Wiley and Sons Publishers and TMP Worldwide, the world’s largest recruitment advertising company, where he oversaw all digital, brand and creative operations in North America.
He also acted as Chief Content Officer and EVP of Operations for media start-up UGO Entertainment where he led strategy and optimization work that contributed directly to acquisition by Hearst Interactive.
Before beginning his management career, Church was an environmental scientist, journalist and playwright with a peer-reviewed paper, more than 60 articles and two plays produce off-Broadway to his credit. He is also a board member of the CUE Art Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to elevating emerging and under-recognized artists. Church holds a BS in biology from Cornell University, an MS in oceanography from The University of Rhode Island, and an MA in science journalism from New York University.
Amy has spent over two decades in the film and television industry specializing in all aspects of production accounting. Her experience ranges from feature films to prime time television to documentaries. Her vast experience, attention to detail, and ability to adapt to changing environments are key assets to the production team. She has been working with Years of Living Dangerously since its inception in 2012. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Binghamton University and resides on Long Island with her husband and two sons.