Jacki is a Communications Specialist, with a focus on microcredit. She has worked on many projects for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Muhammad Yunus over the past 25 years, first at the RESULTS Educational Fund, planning media events to promote the 1990 World Summit for Children, the largest gathering of heads of state at the UN in history and the first UN Summit devoted to a social issue. 

She subsequently joined the Microcredit Summit Secretariat to help plan the first Microcredit Summit, which took place in Washington, DC in 1997 and brought together more than 3000 world leaders, members of the press, micro-credit practitioners and advocates to create a long term plan of action for reaching at least 50% of the worlds poorest people by 2005.

She then helped launch Grameen Foundation in Washington, DC to serve as a US-based resource center for funders, practitioners and other advocates of Grameen's peer lending model of micro-credit.

In 2006, Ms. Lippman joined the fledgling Grameen America to launch the first Grameen Bank owned and operated micro-credit programs in the U.S.   In 2006, Ms. Lippman accompanied Professor Yunus and nearly 100 guests to the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway, where she coordinated all VIP and Sponsor activities on behalf of Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank. 

About Us

Dr.Norris is the founder of Vigilante VNM Productions, directing and producing the feature documentary on Microcredit pioneer, Ann Dunham, entitled “Obama Mama” which is now touring festivals and universities internationally.  She worked on a three year project focused on Muhammad Yunus and the women of the Grameen Microlending Bank.  She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Washington, focusing on Globalization and and Cinema. Her research took her to rural villages in Indonesia, Equador and Norway, as well as to Paris, Hong Kong and New York. 

She also works as a journalist, writing front page pieces for The Huffington Post as a Featured Blogger, and freelance online for the BBC (recently on the Film Industry in China).  Topics include: Sustainable Economic Models, Women, Media and Politics and the Evolution of Digital Media and Technology. She co-founded the Women and Cinema Festival in Seattle, as well as the Cinema Nordica Festival in Rome.  She co-founded the Women in Cinema Film Festival and was a Programmer and Development Director of the Seattle International Film Festival.  She has lectured on Social Business and Film at HEC Business School in France, was an orginal member of the first Transformational Media Conference in London and is an Honorary Board Member of the Muhammad Yunus Social Business School in Bolivia and Chile.  She has been featured as a Woman Leader in Digital Media in France and worked as part of the Social Media team for the Global Editors Network.

Dr. Norris is currently teaching a course at Tulane on Global Policy and Communications while preparing to write a script based on the lives and work of the women borrowers, Ann Dunham and Muhammad Yunus and their dedication to microecredit as a wau forward out of poverty. She is a co-founder of the ventures: and  She is a member of the Frontline Club for Journalists.  She was a weekend house-parent for five years to homeless teen mothers and was a founding committee member which created the Undergraduate Film Studies program at the University of Washington.

Dr.Norris successfully negotaited with both the widow of Geroge Harrison, Olivia Harrison, UNICEF, and the head of Apple Records in London, to obtain the rights to use the music from the Concert for Bangladesh for the making of a film about women, microlending and the work of Dr. Yunus and the Grameen Bank.

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