Denise Cheng has an eclectic background as a subject matter expert and practitioner in community building, the future of news, civic technology, and labor in the peer economy. Denise has spoken, written, and been quoted widely by NPR, Harvard Business Review, NextCity, the New Museum, and others about the sharing economy. In the past, she co-founded and structured a citizen journalism outlet that became a national model for hyperlocal and citizen journalism. Denise has trained news groups on content distribution and community engagement, she was a Tow-Knight entrepreneurial fellow at CUNY J-School, and a former Peace Corps volunteer. She received her M.Sc. from MIT, where she was a research affiliate with the Center for Civic Media and MacroConnections, both at MIT Media Lab.