ONA21 Program Team

The ONA21 Program Team is a volunteer group of digital journalism professionals whose work helps to shape programming for the ONA21 conference.

Among other roles, the Program Team:

  • Helps define the topic areas and educational structures that comprise this year’s conference
  • Reviews every submission to the public ONA21 Suggestion Box and elevates high-performing pitches to the conference program
  • Does research, analysis and outreach to ensure high quality, diverse presenters and session formats

Program Team

  • Alicia Bell, Organizing Manager, Free Press
  • Ana Graciela Méndez, Special Projects Editor, Lenfest Local
  • Bianca Hernandez-Knight, Marketing Consultant 
  • Chaseedaw Giles, Social Media Manager, Kaiser Health News
  • Christina Johannesson, Project Manager, SVT
  • Elana Zak, Senior Editor, Programming, CNN Business
  • Gonzalo del Peon, Associate, American Journalism Project
  • Harlo Holmes, Director of Digital Security, Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Jenny Choi, Director, Equity Initiatives, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
  • José-Manuel Noguera-Vivo, Professor, UCAM
  • Michelle Baruchman, Engagement Editor – Traffic Lab, The Seattle Times
  • Omar S. Rashad, CJN Reporting Fellow, CalMatters
  • Ryan Pitts, Program Lead for Technology, OpenNews
  • Sonali Verma, Director, Customer Success at Sophi.io, Globe and Mail
  • Susan Gonzalez, Social Media Strategist, Chalkbeat
  • Ted Han, Product Manager, Mozilla