Media consultant Anita Li elected to ONA’s Board of Directors

Charo Henríquez, Shazna Nessa, Versha Sharma and David Smydra re-elected

By on October 3, 2019

Members of the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization in digital journalism, elected media consultant Anita Li to the Board of Directors and re-elected four incumbents to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2020.

Anita Li brings leadership experience in revenue and business models, audience engagement and innovative news storytelling to the Board. Anita most recently served in a hybrid editorial-business role as Director of Communities at The Discourse, a digital news company that produces community-funded local news. She is also the founder and Editor in Chief of The Other Wave, a website showcasing film, television and media from diverse perspectives, and co-founded the Canadian Journalists of Colour network, which has chapters in four cities and counting.

The re-elected Board members are:

Eight Board members are serving out their current two-year terms through 2020:

The Board will appoint two additional seats before the end of the year and also appoint a non-voting student representative from a pool of applicants. ONA will call for applications from student members later this years.

Candidates in the board election were selected by the ONA’s Governance Committee from a pool of nominations submitted by ONA members. The committee reviewed nominations based on three criteria: ONA membership status; thought and career leadership in ONA’s five focus areas; and commitment and contribution to the organization’s diversity principles. ONA members as of Sept. 8 were eligible to cast ballots during the voting period Sept. 10–26. Learn more about the election results.