AAJA Portland is seeking nominees to run for election to one-year terms on its 2022 board. Terms are Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022. All positions are open to anyone interested in supporting and furthering AAJA Portland's mission of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in local newsrooms and ensuring fair and accurate coverage of local AAPI issues.

We are seeking nominations for six seats on the board plus a student representative. The board, once elected, will select its officers. AAJA Portland is required to have, at minimum, a president, treasurer, secretary and national board rep.

Here's a general description of responsibilities, though the board may adjust as preferred and may add positions as it sees fit:

  • President: Oversees chapter activities and represents the chapter in the community.

  • Treasurer: Takes responsibility for all chapter fiscal activities.

  • Secretary: Maintains mailing list, keeps meeting minutes, documents chapter activities.

  • National board rep: Represents the chapter on AAJA's national advisory board. (This role may be combined with the president's role.)

The board holds monthly meetings (currently via Zoom) and conducts additional business by email. Each board member is expected to organize at least one event or fundraiser, or make an equivalent contribution, during their term.

All 2022 board members must pay professional membership dues to AAJA, except for the treasurer—that position is open to both professional and ally members. If a student rep is elected to the board, that person may pay student dues. (See more about AAJA membership categories here.)

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else (please obtain their permission first), send an email with the nominee's full name, preferred contact information, brief bio and short statement about why the nominee is seeking a board position to aaja.pdx@gmail.com by Dec. 1, 2021.

2021 Board Members

President: Amy Wang

Secretary: Arya Surowidjojo

Treasurer: Elliot Njus

National advisory board representative: Peter Wong

Vice president: Marty Patail

Student representative: Celina Tebor