Our Team

Conor Donnan

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 is the founder and editor-in-chief of Divided We Fall. In this capacity, he works to set the mission of the organization and to build the team to meet that vision. Joe works as a civilian for the Department of Defense creating new pathways to national security service for STEM students. Joe is an Officer in the Air National Guard and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Conor Donnan
Director of Strategic Engagement

Conor Joseph Donnan is the Director of Strategic Engagement at Divided We Fall. His duties include building partnerships, board development, and fundraising. Outside of Divided We Fall, Conor is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is on the board of a compassionate listening non-profit. 

Eli Hernandez
Chief Human Capital Officer

Eli is the Chief Human Capital Officer at Divided We Fall. He helps the organization accomplish its goals by placing the right people in the right roles. Eli is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and oversees organizational development at an international automotive group. He holds a master’s degree in human resources management. 

Renee Ebert
Chief Development Officer

Renee Ebert is the Chief Development Officer for Divided We Fall, helping the organization reach its fundraising goals. Renee consults for strategic planning including major project and capital campaigns in the US and developing countries. She has a masters degree in public health from UCLA where she worked with faculty on international campaigns in the Middle East and Africa.

Parisa Syed
Associate Editor

Parisa M. Syed is an Associate Editor at Divided We Fall. She works hard to ensure DWF publishes timely, informative, and accurate articles. Parisa works as a copy editor for LRP Media Group, an education business publisher, and has previously worked as an editor at Brill Publishing. She has a masters degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.

Robert Wilkes
Senior Correspondent

Robert Wilkes is a Senior Correspondent at Divided We Fall and a regular contributor to DWF's Political Pen Pals debates. His eclectic career has included military and civilian aviation, engineering, marketing, and communications. He resides in Bellevue, Washington.