Digital Women's Leadership Academy 2016 Class

Meet the 2016 class of the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. These 28 incredible women will attend a week-long, tuition free seminar at the Poynter Institute May 1-6, 2016. Participants will have discussions with a number of leaders in digital media, covering topics including general leadership approaches and skills, managing digital teams and products and navigating newsroom culture.

This cohort — selected from a very talented pool of more than 400 applicants — will have the opportunity to share their experience, skills, passion and ideas.

We’re thankful to our sponsor, the Ford Foundation, for its tremendous support of this effort.



Kelly Alfieri
Executive Director, Special Editorial Projects
The New York Times

Johanna Barr
Senior Editor
The Huffington Post

Amy Elliott Bragg
Content Director
Issue Media Group

Delaney Chambers
Product Manager
The Atlantic

Emily Chow
Story Team Assignment Editor
The Washington Post

Kimberly Chua
Web Producer
San Francisco Chronicle

Jessica Gilbert
Digital Creative Director
McClatchy

Tamerra Griffin
Reporter
BuzzFeed News

Carolina Guerrero
Executive Director & Co-founder
Radio Ambulante

Ngan Hoang
Front-End Designer
Vox Media, Inc.

Dhiya Kuriakose
Sr. Strategist for Emerging Media
NowThis

Nishat Kurwa
Senior Producer, Digital
Marketplace

Jenny Lawton
Executive Producer, “Studio 360″
WNYC / PRI

Yvonne Leow
Senior Snapchat Editor
Vox.com

Stephanie Pedersen
Senior Editor / Digital
Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer

Samantha Ragland
Digital Content Strategist
The Palm Beach Post

Rachel Rodriguez
Social Media Producer
CNN

Rachel Rohr
Digital & Social Media Producer
NPR’s Here & Now

Rachel Schallom
Interactive Designer
Fusion

Swati Sharma
Foreign Digital Editor
The Washington Post

Gabby Sims
Digital Content Director
KLTV/Raycom Media

Meghan Sims
Director of Video Product and Operations
The McClatchy Company

Erin Skarda
Digital Editor
5280 Magazine

Tasha Stewart
Entertainment Editor / Digital
WCPO

Leezel Tanglao
Senior Multiplatform Editor
CNNMoney

Julie Westfall
Real-Time News Editor
Los Angeles Times

Veralyn Williams
Managing Editor
Brooklyn Deep

Katherine Zhu
Product Manager and Engineer
Medium