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. 

Violet Cavendish
Executive 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.

Andrew Shi
Executive 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. 

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. 

Alara Abbasi
Associate Editor & Producer

Alara Abbasi serves as an editor and producer at Divided We Fall. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine before pursuing graduate studies abroad. She holds two master’s degrees in political science from Spain and Germany, specializing in human rights and international criminal law.

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Kenneth Wallace
Associate Editor

Kenneth Wallace is an associate editor at Divided We Fall. He originally graduated from the De Vry Institute of Technology and began his career as an Electronics Technician. After returning to school, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Minor in Professional Writing from the University of Maryland. 

Cate Howell
Associate Editor

Cate Howell assists in editing and publishing articles for Divided We Fall. She is a student at Georgetown University, studying International History and Spanish, where she is an Editorial Assistant for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. She is passionate about educating the American public through promoting politically engaged conversation.

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.

Jennifer Kings-Buckley
Associate Editor

Jessica Kings-Buckley received B.A.’s in Political Science and History from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Political Science: Security and Diplomacy from the University of West Florida. After a career in IT solutions, she is now a stay-at-home mom who is active in her local community. Jessica is passionate about civil rights and social equity, which can only be achieved through bipartisanship. She recently joined DWF as an Associate Editor, where she combines her deep understanding of the political landscape and her proven attention to detail.