Our Team

Our team consists of people from different backgrounds and different lived experiences. We hold wide-ranging political views, and we all value respectful and engaging debate.  Divided We Fall’s team believes it is our duty to our readers to promote spirited debate and non-partisan news. Our organization needs reporters and editors, visual and graphics artists, and audience experts. Please contact us if you believe in our mission and you would like to become involved.


Joe Schuman
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Joe Schuman works to set the vision of Divided We Fall and to build the team to meet that mission. Joe works as a civilian for the Department of Defense promoting innovation and emerging technology. Joe is also an Officer in the Air National Guard and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his spare time he can be found reading non-fiction, playing piano, and running triathlons. 

Laurence Tissot
Managing Editor and Chief Operating Officer

Laurence Tissot oversees all editorial activities, including article development and publication. As the former Managing Editor for Metro United Nations, she is passionate about ensuring open discourse and opposing views. Laurence holds degrees from France, Belgium, and Spain and has professional experience in several languages.

Alhassan Elbarasse
Chief Human Capital Officer

Alhassan Elbarasse is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the mission and strategic direction of Divided We Fall. As a global HR leader, Alhassan has built and optimized teams to help people and organizations realize their potential and exceed expectations. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from George Mason University and an MBA from George Washington University. 

Andrew Shi
Associate Producer

Andy Shi helps generate article ideas and works with our outside experts to provide balanced discussion. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Skidmore College and his M.A. in History from the Columbia University-LSE dual degree program. 

Violet Cavendish
Associate Producer

Violet serves as the communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project, where she has gained coverage for the organization in major media outlets including CNN, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fox News, and more. Violet received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and Psychology from James Madison University.

Nathaniel Rees
Social Media Manager

Nathaniel Rees manages Divided We Fall’s social media accounts. He has worked as a political field organizer in North Carolina as well as Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Studio Art from Colby College, where he was the Chief Editorial & Graphic Design Editor of the college newspaper. 

Ye'Amlak Zegeye
Associate Editor

Ye’Amlak Zegeye assists with editorial activities including monitoring the quantity and quality of published posts for Divided We Fall. She has served as a Section Editor for The International Dateline in Washington D.C.. She is currently studying to receive a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Wellesley College.

Jonathan Good
Associate Editor

Jonathan Good assists in editing incoming pieces at Divided We Fall and maintains the high quality of the website's published articles. He is a passionate political activist and a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense with a concentration in International Security and Intelligence.

Isabella Staton
Development Manager

Isabella Staton creates and executes development plans and strategies for Divided We Fall. As a former non-profit and for-profit founder, she has built strong strategic financial foundations from the ground-up. Isabella holds a double major in Corporate Communication and Entrepreneurship from Marquette University.