ONA Weekly #491: Celebrating Jessica Strelitz

By on December 13, 2023

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Celebrating Jessica Strelitz

After nearly 11 years leading our partnerships team, Jessica Strelitz has decided to explore new opportunities beyond ONA and will transition from the organization at the end of 2023. We are incredibly grateful for her years of service to the team and this community.

Jessica has played a vital role in shaping ONA’s business strategy through significant growth and change. In her time here, the organization has quadrupled the number of partners we work with each year, and we have seen many of them grow from ideas and startups to highly influential businesses in the digital news industry. She helped lead a shift in how digital publishers collaborate with technology companies and other media-adjacent organizations, and created fresh and meaningful ways for everyone to get more involved in ONA’s mission — whether as ONA members, program sponsors or conference attendees and more.

Among numerous contributions, Jessica also directly supported many ONA programs, including organizing the Digital Leaders Breakfast Series, which highlighted the voices of emerging senior-level talent, and as a mentor for each cohort of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator since 2015. She has been a champion of caregivers, introducing scholarships and other support to facilitate access to ONA’s annual conference and, alongside The 19th’s Kari Cobham, co-founded Media Moms, a Facebook group for moms working in journalism. 

It has been an honor and pleasure to have Jessica on the team, and we will see the continued impact of her work for years to come. Connect with Jessica on Linkedin — and join us in celebrating her many accomplishments at ONA! 

The case for board service

ICYMI: ONA Director of Programs Meghan Murphy recently shared lessons from her experience serving on board of directors and advisory committees. Read the December issue of Office Hours for tips on what to consider if volunteer leadership service is one of your goals in 2024.


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P.S. from the ONA team

  • Director of Communications Karolle Rabarison has been appointed to the Board of Directors of NTEN – supporting their mission to shape and transform how nonprofits approach technology, with a strong focus on equity.

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