Mimi Lok is Co-founder, Executive Director and Executive Editor of Voice of Witness. Her work builds on over fifteen years of experience in education and the literary arts in the U.K., China, and the U.S. She has consulted on arts and literary programs, worked as a freelance reporter for the Asia bureaus of The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today, and taught Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and in schools throughout Hong Kong and China. Her passion for human rights storytelling led her to volunteer as an editor and interviewer at Voice of Witness, before joining as Executive Director/Editor in 2008. Mimi is an award-winning fiction writer, a student of Vipassana meditation, and a novice mushroom hunter.

Cofounder & Executive Director

Cliff Mayotte joined Voice of Witness in 2010 as Education Program Director. Cliff’s professional education career has included many years as a full time classroom teacher, curriculum designer, program director, and arts instructor. He also occasionally moonlights as a theatre director, having staged plays for many notable local companies. His belief in the power of storytelling feeds his daily practice. When not engaged with teaching and learning, Cliff likes riding his bike all over the East Bay, working in his garden, pretending that Major League Baseball could really use a guy like him, and spending time with his family. Contact the VOW Education Department at:

Education Program Director

Dao X. Tran, born in Mỹ Tho, was a youth and community organizer in Philadelphia and has been politically active in Providence and New York City, most recently focused on equity in public education. Before joining Voice of Witness, Dao was senior editor at Haymarket Books and a freelance book editor. She co-edited 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History. She’s an old-school radical lefty, passionate about social justice and democratizing the kinds of stories being heard, and finds a curiosity about our world essential. When she’s not marking up manuscripts, she’s raising a spirited and sensitive child not to become a smart-alecky New Yorker. And though she lives in Brooklyn, she embraces the Bay Area vibes of the Voice of Witness team. Contact the VOW Books Department at: