The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is holding a fall election for one-year terms starting January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2018.

Please read the descriptions for open positions below and submit candidate statements via e-mail to by Wednesday, December 6th 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 2017 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 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.


The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is offering grants of up to $500 each to help local members attend this year’s AAJA Convention in Washington DC.

This year’s convention is your chance to go to the nation’s capital and connect with other AAJA members. Interested in developing your mobile reporting skills? Considering a move into the freelance world? Need your resume critiqued? The convention program has you covered.

Register for the convention here.

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter offers convention grants each year to help our members pay for registration, travel and lodging expenses. The awards are based on need and your interest in helping out the chapter. (Interested in volunteering? Email board member Tomio Geron at tgeron AT gmail dot com).

Deadline to apply for a convention grant is MONDAY, JULY 1, 2014 TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014! 

To apply for a grant, please fill out and submit your application online. You will be notified that your application has been received. You will be required to show proof of registration for the conference and be asked to volunteer at the convention.

Join us at the Asian American Journalists Association San Francisco chapter’s annual Lunar New Year banquet and celebrate the Year of the Horse.

Catch up with friends and make some new ones as we kick off the new year. We hope to see you there!

Ohgane Korean BBQ
3915 Broadway
Oakland, CA

Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Menu details to follow.

You can RSVP and buy tickets on our EventBrite page, or to pay without transaction fees, please contact board treasurer Quynh Tran at qghtran (at) gmail (dot) com.

Pre-ordered ticket prices are $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers, $25 for students and $10 for children ages 5-13. Children 4-years-old and younger eat for free!

Payment in the form of cash or check made out to “AAJA SF” also will be accepted at the door.

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