Our Team

Stewart Harris

producer, managing partner

A former network news producer, Stew Harris is an innovator in the use of new media strategies to achieve public policy goals. He founded New Media Mill to bring new media strategies public policy advocates.

Harris worked 20 years as a reporter and producer, much of it at ABC News Primetime Live, 20/20 and a variety of syndicated and network programs with correspondents including Diane Sawyer, Chris Wallace and Bill O’Reilly. If you watched undercover video reports during the 1990s, you have probably seen Stew’s work.

Jesse Achtenberg

editor, producer, videographer

A second-generation filmmaker, Jesse Achtenberg has been with New Media Mill since the beginning of 2007. After receiving his degree in anthropology from Colorado College, he pursued his passion for environmental filmmaking as an editor, producer, and cameraman with the National Geographic Channel,and at the National Zoo.

Jesse has also produced videos for many local and national non-profits and environmental groups. He brings extensive experience with a wide range of film and video formats as well as editing, graphic design, and motion graphics software.

Rasheed Willis

videographer, editor

Our resident musician, stalwart cameraman, and jack of all trades, Rasheed Wills has experience in 8, 16, and 35 mm film, SD and HD video, as well as many types of audio equipment and techniques including field and studio mixers and recorders, field and studio sound recording, and usage of audio enhancers and editing software including experience with Pro Tools and BIAS Peak. Rasheed also has more than 8 years of video editing experience, with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.

An Nguyen-Gia

video and multimedia developer

An is a talented multimedia interface designer with excellent skills in HTML5 and web video.  She came to New Media Mill from the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center.  When she is not working her magic with video and web, An plays bassoon with an orchestra.  She earned her film degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Kent Dirckx


Kent is the our mad scientist with a broad range of development skills : from PHP to MYSQL to jQuery, Kent is a deep code specialist. But he can also see the big picture, and revels in projects that he can design from the ground up. Better yet, Kent’s homespun humor and friendly midwestern style endear him to colleagues and clients alike.

Gabrielle Weiss


A industrious director, camera person and film editor, Gabrielle Weiss’ international experience and design skills are unique assets in a film maker.
Before coming to Washington, Gabrielle worked from Spain and New York City. Before that, she lived in Havana Cuba where she worked as a 16 millimeter film instructor and studied at the International School of Film and Television. Weiss is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design film and video program.

Marguerite Stephan

associate producer

Marguerite came to New Media Mill from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently shepherds multimedia projects to completion and maintains fluency in editing and encoding software.