City of residence: San Francisco
Work: Chapter Vice President Mariecar Mendoza works at the San Francisco Chronicle as the senior arts and entertainment editor, where she manages daily coverage for the publicationâ€™s Datebook section and its website, datebook.sfchronicle.com.
What joining AAJA means to her: Mariecar first joined AAJA-SF as a student in the Bay Area, which led her to applying to the AAJA Voices student project in 2006 â€” and sheâ€™s been an active member of the organization ever since. She is an ELP alum, and is a co-director of AAJA Features Forum, an affinity group that aims to provide programming, services and support for arts, entertainment and lifestyle journalists of color.
â€œAAJA connected me with people who not only looked like me but often faced the same challenges I did as a journalist. Being able to commiserate and help each other rise above those challenges has been such a great aspect of being a member,â€ she says. â€œThatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve been so passionate about serving as an ambassador in any capacity for the organization all these years, and why I now serve as a chapter board member.â€
Fun fact: â€œI was a figure skater when I was a kid, inspired by Kristi Yamaguchi, and won my first and only competition when I was 7.â€
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