Announcing the 2018 Year of the Member Campaign




It's all about YOU in 2018! AAJA is launching our Year of the Member campaign to further promote AAJA's mission of supporting AAPI journalists and to reach a membership goal of 2,020 by 2020.

The AAJA National staff will be working closely with every chapter on recruitment strategies to increase and broaden local membership. For those who are already members, we'll be announcing some new member benefits later this year (including a snazzy AAJA lapel pin!) and providing a higher level of support as you navigate your membership.


Staff Contacts by Chapter

The AAJA staff is here for you. If you have questions about your membership, your chapter or just want to talk about how you can access more resources, feel free to reach out to us! We are in the office Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm PT.

Below is the staff member assigned to your region. We look forward to connecting with you in 2018!


justin-seiter.jpgChapters: Arizona, Asia, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle

Justin Seiter

415-346-2051 ext. 107




Daniel-Garcia.jpgChapters: Chicago, Hawai'i, Los Angeles, Michigan, Philadelphia, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Daniel Garcia

415-346-2051 ext. 104




PV_Headshot-bw.jpgChapters: Atlanta, Florida, Minnesota, New England, New York, North Carolina and At-Large (No Chapter)

Patricia Villon

415-346-2051 ext. 105


How to Make the Most of Your AAJA Membership

  • Apply to be a part of the 2018 Executive Leadership Program (ELP) and learn how to take your career to the next level. Need financial assistance to help attend ELP or another professional training program? Apply for the Dinah Eng Leadership Fellowship.

  • Register for the 2018 National Convention in Houston and network with recruiters from over 30 top companies and media organizations. Members receive a discounted registration rate.

  • Get involved in your chapter! Reach out to your local chapter president and ask about how you can help.

And finally, encourage one colleague to join AAJA and take advantage of our programs. If every AAJA member recruits another member to join, we can quickly exceed our 2,020 membership goal.

As AAJA's National President Yvonne Leow said in her new year message: "If we want to ensure organizations are held accountable to diversifying media, we need to find strength in numbers."

AAJA is excited to work with you in 2018 to make this Year of the Member a success.



AAJA National Staff