Our staff

Margaux Ewen, North America Director

Margaux runs the U.S. activities for the organization and advocates for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Acting as RSF’s spokesperson in the U.S., Margaux regularly appears on American media (CNN, VOA, The Daily Show, etc.) and foreign media (BBC, Al Jazeera, France 24, etc.) on press freedom violation issues and the work of RSF. Margaux joined RSF’s US office in July 2015 as Advocacy and Communications Director with a background in International Law. She has degrees from the Sorbonne in France and the George Washington University Law School in the US and speaks fluent French. Prior to RSF, she most recently worked with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative to help develop a training manual on mining and human rights for civil society in Guinea.


You can contact Margaux by email at mewen@rsf.org and follow her @MargauxEwen



Leigh Coventry Burke, North America Director of Development and Partnerships

Leigh joined RSF in September 2013 with a long career in fundraising, most recently for the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, a German-American journalism exchange program. She has worked for large and small organizations including George Washington University, Inova Health System and The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Most of Leigh’s work has been in corporate, foundation, and board relations where she enjoys the challenge of partnering with new funders and working with board members. Leigh studied French and Government at Franklin & Marshall College and received her M.P.A. from George Washington University.


You can contact Leigh by email at leigh@rsf.org



Noni Ghani, North America Communications and Development Associate

Noni joined RSF in January of 2017. She has a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she majored in English Literature and Urban Studies. Noni covers online communication including newsletters, social media, and press releases, as well as the up-keep of online donors and fundraising campaigns.


You can contact Noni by email at nghani@rsf.org