Seeking nominations for 2017 AAJA-SF Board elections!


The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is holding a fall election for one-year terms starting January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017.

Please read the descriptions for open positions below and submit candidate statements via e-mail to myself, acting chapter president Kevin Lee at and board member Lauren Kawana at by Friday, November 18th at 5:00 pm PST.

Candidates will then submit specific information to publish on this year’s ballot, including their name, employer and a statement outlining their experience with AAJA and their reasons for running to be on the board.

Only full members in good standing are eligible to serve on the board and vote in elections. Good standing includes payment of 2016 dues. In the event there is no candidate for a position, the new board can appoint a member. You may nominate yourself or someone else.

The current board decided this year to alter the board structure to streamline operations and account for changes to the journalism industry. The chart below shows the board structure for 2017. Because of the restructuring, all positions in 2017 are up for election.


2016 Board positions

2017 Board positions



Vice President of Print

Vice President

Vice President of Broadcast

Vice President





National Board representative

At-large position

At-large position

We decided to eliminate the industry designation for the Vice President positions because we thought the print and broadcast delegations were too restrictive. The open Vice President titles reflect the growing diversity of media. The duties of the national board representative will be delegated to the board members.


The Board of Directors meets regularly to plan activities, programs and fundraisers as well as discuss issues relevant to the chapter and members. All board members and officers have a fiduciary responsibility to the chapter, and assists in the development and organization of at least one chapter event. Board meetings are currently held every month on the second Thursday.


·       Oversees management of local board and chapter.

·       Leads board meetings and represents the board and chapter as a whole.

·       Develops relationships with sponsors and assess potential avenues for fundraising

·       Serves as the main spokesperson to the media and the community on behalf of the chapter; represents the chapter in the community.

·       Identifies prospective candidates for board service and ensure their initial involvement in board committees (May delegate to Vice President).

·       Ensures proper orientation of new/current board members (May delegate to Vice President).

·       Works with secretary to prepare meeting materials in advance.

·       Participates in quarterly conference calls with other AAJA presidents.

·       Liaises with other media and community organization presidents.

·       Organizes programs and events in collaboration with the board.


Vice President (2 open positions)

·      Assists the President with his/her responsibilities and committee chairs.

·      In the absence of the president, the vice president convenes monthly board meetings and carries out goals within budget according to the chapter bylaws.

·      Develops relationships with sponsors and assess potential avenues for fundraising

·      Liaises with online and print journalists to determine approaches for professional development.

·      Outreaches to online and print organizations to foster connections with AAJA.

·      Attends monthly board meetings.

·      Organizes programs and events in collaboration with the board.



·       In general, manages the board financial activities and is responsible for bookkeeping.

·       Encouraged to have a Wells Fargo bank account and/or be familiar with Wells Fargo accounts and statements.

·       Ensures financial records are up to date and provide financial reports to the board, at each meeting.

·       Develops relationships with sponsors and assess potential avenues for fundraising

·       Forecasts spending and earnings for the year.

·       Ensures financial concerns are brought to the attention of the board.

·       Meets and works with auditors and bookkeeper

·       Ensures the proper use of funds and in general the sound management of finances.

·       Creates mid-year and end of year reports to the national office.

·       Creates monthly report/balance sheet for each meeting.

·      Attends monthly board meetings.

·      Organizes programs and events in collaboration with the board.


·      Records meeting minutes and distributes minutes following meeting.

·      Is responsible for paperwork of past minutes, etc. and archives essential documents, promotional items etc. Uploads documents to Google Docs.

·      If the secretary cannot attend a meeting, s/he must have another board member record minutes.

·      Fundraises for the chapter and the AAJA national organization.

·      Helps manage chapter social media accounts.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Kevin Lee

Acting chapter president


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