Board of directors
Deborah Douglas is the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePauw University, managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism and a senior leader with The OpEd Project, leading public voices fellowships and programs that include the University of Texas at Austin, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Global Policy Solutions, the Aspen Institute’s New Voices in South Africa, Urgent Action Fund in South Africa and Kenya, and Youth Narrating Our World (YNOW). While teaching at Northwestern’s Medill School, she created a graduate investigative journalism capstone on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She is a 2019 Studs Terkel Award winner.
Alex Hinojosa is the Mass Communication Discipline and District Wide Coordinator at El Paso Community College. Additionally, she is a part-time adjunct instructor for the journalism department at New Mexico State University. As a freelance journalist she has written for local periodicals for the El Paso area, primarily for the El Paso Herald Post. She has covered several beats including education, politics and breaking news. Recently, she was part of the Washington Post reporting team that covered the mass shooting in El Paso. Other highlights include covering Pope Francis’ visit to Juarez, Mexico and the Beto O’Rourke March and Trump Rally in El Paso.
Fara Warner is an award-winning author and journalist specializing in the art and science of storytelling in the digital age, new business models for journalism, and the critical need for diversity in creative teams and women’s growing economic and social power. She serves as lead instructor for Poynter’s College Media Project and is the project manager for a new program at Solutions Journalism Network focused on environment, sustainability and climate change. She has led teams of developers, designers, writers, and editors at organizations including The Wall Street Journal and AOL Inc. She is a leadership ambassador for Take The Lead, a nonprofit focused on gender equity and pay parity and is the co-lead in the inaugural cohort “50 Women Can Change The World in Journalism.”
Jane Isay is the author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today. Her earlier books include Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and their Parents, Mom Still Likes You Best: Overcoming the Past and Reconnecting with Your Siblings, and Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths that Change Our Lives. She spent more than 40 years as an editor, publishing Robert J. Lifton’s Nazi Doctors, Melissa Fay Greene’s Praying for Sheetrock, Patricia O’Connor’s Woe is I, K.C. Cole’s The Universe and the Teacup, Antonio Damasio’s Descartes’ Error, and Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights. She serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Mount Sinai Medical School and Hospital System and is on the Editorial Board of the Association of Foreign Journalists.
about the board
Election of JAWS officers and new board members takes place at our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
Eligibility for the JAWS board: Any active member who has attended CAMP twice can run for a seat on the board. Officers and board members serve one- or two-year terms. All are elected by a vote of the membership.
Job description for the board: The primary responsibility of the board of directors is to ensure that the organization operates in a fashion true to its stated mission and principles. The board provides continuity to the organization as individual members come and go.
The board is entrusted with two duties: the group’s growth and future, and to further the group’s goals. It is responsible for setting policies, making decisions, delegating work and ensuring the decisions are carried out. The board is legally responsible for governance of the organization and adherence to federal, state and local laws, audits done annually and income tax form filing.
A director’s responsibilities include:
- Maintain a current membership in JAWS and attend the annual conference.
- Know the bylaws, mission, purpose, goals, strategic plan, programs and services for the organization.
- Raise funds and actively seek financial support and donations for JAWS and its projects; The goal is for each board member to give or get $500.
- Prepare for and attend all board meetings. The board holds regular in-person meetings in spring and in fall. The date of the spring meeting is determined by the president in consultation with other board members. The fall meeting is held immediately preceding JAWS CAMP, at the same location. In addition, the board convenes every other month via conference call. The president and committee chairs will schedule additional meetings as needed.
- Build and guide long-range plans for membership, programming, fundraising, staffing and resources.
- Ensure programs and services address membership needs.
- Recruit members and attendees for annual conferences, contribute program ideas and encourage member engagement.
- Contribute and/or solicit stories for the JAWS newsletter, listserv, social media accounts and website.
- Review the minutes to ensure that critical matters, resolutions and topics of discussion have been adequately covered.
- Be willing to commit at least several hours per week of volunteer time to areas such as membership, social media, programming, fundraising and CAMP.