2019 Board of Directors Election

Here are the nominees up for election to the 2018–19 Board of Directors for the Online News Association.

A total of 22 candidates — 17 new nominees and five incumbents, representing a wide and diverse range of digital media — are running for six open seats.

There are a total of 16 seats on the ONA Board; one is an appointed, non-voting student representative. Eight members are in the middle of their terms and not up for re-election, including one student appointee. The other eight directors will be at the end of their two-year terms or appointments.

Two of those eight seats are being held back to be filled by appointment following the election to address needs as determined by the Board. That leaves six seats up for election this year. Terms are for two years and begin Jan. 1, 2019.

You can select any candidate bio below to get a detailed profile, a vision statement for ONA and the candidate’s nomination letter from a colleague. Incumbent candidates do not require a nomination letter.

Election Process

The 2019 ONA Board election opens on Sept. 11, 2018. At that time, all ONA members as of Sept. 9 will be eligible to cast ballots. Voting closes Sept. 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

  1. Study up on the 2019 candidate slate
  2. Log into the ONA member portal and find your unique election passcode. The code will be posted to your profile on Sept. 11.
  3. Visit the ONA eBallot system and log in using your passcode to claim your ballot.

The Board of Directors also approved a new class of Director members to the bylaws. The class of Director members will include ONA members who serve on the Board of Directors during their term of service. This change, recommended by our legal counsel, better aligns our governance structure and practice according to state law. In addition, the Director members will be able to resolve election ties, including but not limited to, re-counts and re-votes of the membership.

To give ONA members insight into each candidate’s views on the future of ONA and digital media, candidates will appear in an interactive session on Sept. 13, during the 2018 Online News Association Conference in Austin, Texas.

During the campaign, candidates will be encouraged to use any and all social networking tools at their disposal to tell voters how they will help move ONA forward.

Good luck to the nominees, and, as always, we thank our members for your participation in this important process and for being a vital part of our growing digital community.


ONA Board Vice-President
Associate Editor
VP, Business Development
Back-End Developer
Industry Dive
Senior Content Producer + Presenter
ONA Board President
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships

New Candidates

Head of Experience
The Globe and Mail
Vice President
Spirited Media
Journalist and News Consultant
Dig Deeper Media
VP Digital Audience Engagement
Associate Professor
Wayne State University
Lantigua Williams & Co.
Senior Product Manager
CNN Digital
Dean, Professor
West Virginia University
Success Manager
News Partnership Manager
Executive Digital Editor
Schibsted Media Group, VG
Chief Product Officer
Texas Tribune
Director of Audience Engagement
The Intercept
Managing Editor and Senior Director
Univision Communications, Inc.
Assistant Professor
University of La Verne
Digital Director
WLRN, South Florida Public Media
News Lead, Partner Operations