More about Heather Aguilar

What led you to AAJA?
I wanted to be part of an organization that works toward creating meaningful change for the AAPI community. When I found the opportunity for the Director of Programs and Partnerships position at AAJA and saw how well it aligned with my professional experience, I knew that I had to apply and become part of the movement to ensure fair and accurate coverage of communities of color.

What excites you most (or are looking forward to) about your role?
What strikes me so far is learning about how much AAJA has achieved in its nearly 40 year history and being able to work alongside like minded individuals—the national staff, board leadership, and members—to continue offering and enhancing programs that empower journalists at varying stages of their career. I’m excited about the collaboration, strategic thinking, and community building aspects of my position, and how it ties into the greater mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion overall.

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