Board of Directors

AAJA is led by its national Board of Directors with the counsel of its Advisory Board.

The board is composed of AAJA’s national officers plus members elected from the Advisory Board.

The board ensures AAJA is fulfilling its mission, meeting the needs of its members and operating legally, effectively, and efficiently.


Nicole Dungca
Investigative Reporter,
The Washington Post

Senior Vice President

Frank Bi, 2022-2023 
Director of Tools and Technology, The Star Tribune

Vice President of Journalism Programs

Kris Vera-Phillips
Adjunct Professor & PhD Student, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Incoming: Leezel Tanglao

Vice President Of Civic Engagement

Marian C. Liu, 2023-2024 
Projects Editor, The Washington Post

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Vice President of Finance

Jin Ding
Chief of Staff, The Center for Public Integrity

Shirley Qiu
Vice President of Communications

Shirley Qiu
News Analytics Editor, The Washington Post

Incoming: Anika Varty

Anika Varty
Small/Medium Chapter Representative

Anika Varty
Assistant Metro Editor, Seattle Times

Small/medium Chapter Representative

Daigo Fujiwara
Senior Newsroom Developer, The Boston Globe 

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Large Chapter Representative

Moriah Balingit
National Education Reporter, The Washington Post

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At-Large Chapter Representative

Aric Johnson
Graduate Programs Recruiter, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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At-Large Chapter Representative

Chris Nguyen
National Correspondent, CNN

Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board is comprised of Chapter Board Representatives who are elected by their local members.

The Advisory Board advises the Board of Directors to ensure chapter interests are represented.


Aric Johnson
Graduate Programs Recruiter, Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication


Jenny Hsu
Founder and CEO, Cetacea Inc.


Nandita Godbole,
Freelance Journalist


Jessica Kim Cohen
Precision medicine reporter, GenomeWeb


Moni Basu
Professor, University of Florida College
of Journalism and Communications


Wes Nakama
Assistant Director of Information, Hawai’i High School Athletic Association

Los Angeles

Jireh Deng
Freelance Journalist


Megan Schellong
Host & Producer, WKAR-FM, MI Morning Edition


Nancy Yang
Senior Editor for Audience Engagement, Minnesota Star Tribune

New England

Daigo Fujiwara
Senior Newsroom Developer, The Boston Globe 

New York

Ron Nurwisah
Senior Editor, Audience and Analytics, McKinsey & Co.


Kristine Villanueva
Project Editor, Resolve Philly, Equally Informed


Peter Wong
Regional Reporter, The Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group


Chris Nguyen
National Correspondent, CNN

San Diego

David Jones
Producer, KFMB Stations

San Francisco

Cecilia Lei
Fifth & Mission Podcast Host/Producer, San Francisco Chronicle


Anika Varty
Assistant Metro Editor, Seattle Times


Howard Chen
Producer, ESPN