ABOUT US : STAFF

 

Carol Archie (carchie@maynardije.org)
Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Carol Archie graduated from the University of San Francisco majoring in political science, began volunteering at the Haight Ashbury Homeless Shelter, did volunteer work for the American Red Cross in their homeless program, became a housing advocate for people with disabilities at the Independent Living Resources, worked as a psychosocial case manager for people affected with HIV/AIDS at Pre-School Coordinating Council. She presently works with disadvantaged children at Social Progress Inc./Crockett House.


Andra Digre (
adigre@maynardije.org)
Director of the TCC Program

As director of Total Community Coverage, Andra Digre works with newspapers to expand the range of voices and images that appear in the paper, strengthen connections with readers and potential readers and helps them identify new readership and advertising opportunities.

Digre comes to MIJE with more than 20 years experience in education, media relations, business, marketing and community outreach. She served as regional manager for the Los Angeles Times. In Education program where she designed, developed and implemented newspaper-based curriculum programs to assist teachers in meeting their state educational goals. Her responsibilities also included serving as the liaison between the business and the educational communities and various inter-Times departments, such as advertising and circulation.

Most recently, she completed a master's in public administration at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with a concentration in public policy for community development, media and information technology and strategic management.

Digre earned a BA in elementary education at Michigan State University, an MA in elementary education and an MPA at Harvard University.


Amanda Elliott (
aelliott@maynardije.org)
Programs Coordinator

Amanda Elliott is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Creative Arts and Interdisciplinary studies. She is responsible for the recruitment of training participants and the oversight of program logistics.

Amanda has worked in the non-profit sector for several years most recently, at the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Dramatic Art as Publicity Coordinator. Amanda has also worked at KQED and KOFY. She recently finished an internship at KPFA radio where she occasionally works as a volunteer reporter.

Amanda is also a vocalist and songwriter. She often performs in the Bay Area with her husband Terence Elliott at special events and clubs. She and Terence recently released a CD of their original music titled Kissed By A Dove. They have two children Nyeri and Imani, and live in San Pablo, California.


Judy Furukawa (jfurukawa@maynardije.org)
Communications Coordinator

Judy Furukawa is responsible for the Institute’s communication needs. Her nonprofit background includes working for the University of California at Berkeley and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has served on the boards for the Oakland-based Urban Tree Foundation and the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Mass Communications.


Soo Hyun Han (
shan@maynardije.org)
Development Assistant

Soo Han joined the MIJE staff in March 2000. As Development Assistant, Soo Han is primarily responsible for individual and foundation funding matters for the Institute. She is a recent, non-traditional-age graduate of Mills College with a background in Sociology with an emphasis on race and ethnicity and phenomenology. Before returning to college Soo worked at the University of California, Office of the President for four years.



Barbara Jones (
barbj@maynardije.org)
Programs Coordinator

Barbara Jones retired from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in 1993 after a fulfilling career as a budget analyst. She began working at the Maynard Institute in 1995, beginning as the executive assistant. She has also served as the program assistant and is currently programs coordinator, responsible for the recruitment of training participants and the oversight of program logistics.



Dori J. Maynard (
djm@maynardije.org)
President

Dori J. Maynard is the President of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Prior to being named president in January 2001, she directed the History project which leads the way in preserving and protecting the contributions of those courageous journalists of color who broke into the mainstream media against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Dori also heads the Fault Lines project, a framework that helps journalists more accurately cover their communities. She is the co-author of " Letters to My Children, " which is a compilation of nationally syndicated columns by her late father Bob Maynard, with introductory essays by Dori.

As a reporter, she has experience on both coasts -- The Bakersfield Californian, and The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Massachusetts -- as well as a stint at the Detroit Free Press, covering senate and mayoral campaigns, and City Hall. In 1993 she and her father became the first father-daughter duo ever to be appointed Nieman scholars at Harvard University. Bob Maynard won this prestigious fellowship in 1966. While at Harvard, Dori specialized in research on public policy and poverty. She worked regularly with her father in researching and preparing for his appearances on " This Week With David Brinkley " and the " MacNeil Lehrer Report. "

Maynard graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, with a BA in American History.


Rosanna Salgado McDonald (
rsalgado@maynardije.org)
Programs Coordinator

Rosanna McDonald has more than eight years of experience in journalism and communications in the corporate and nonprofit arenas. She currently works in development, concentrating on individual and foundation donations, and program evaluation. She first joined the institute as executive assistant. She was formerly senior communications associate for Children Now, a nonprofit children's advocacy group, where she worked on promotion and communication strategies for a national campaign, "Talking With Kids AboutTough Issues."

McDonald was formerly a copy editor on the news, features, sports and business desks at The Sacramento Bee and The Tennesseanin Nashville. She began her journalism career as a reporter and copy editor for the El Paso Times. She also worked as a stringer for The Associated Press and as a freelance sports writer.

She graduated in 1994 from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in journalism.


Erna Smith (
esmith@maynardije.org)
Interim Director of Programs

Erna R. Smith is responsible for curriculum and content for the Maynard Institute programs and services. She is presently on sabbatical from San Francisco State University where she was chair of the journalism department from 1994-1999. She joined the faculty at SF State in 1989 after 15 years as a reporter, copy editor and assistant metropolitan editor on the Waco Tribune Herald, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Post, the Minneapolis Star and the Wall Street Journal in New York.

Professor Smith is the author of several studies on mainstream news coverage of people of color. These studies include "What Color is the News: An Ethnic Content Analysis of Bay Area News Media," and "Transmitting Race: The Los Angeles Riot in Television News."

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she was a 1992-93 fellow at the Shorenstein Barone Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.



Mark N. Trahant (mtrahant@maynardije.org)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mark N. Trahant is an Idaho native and his Western roots and journalistic experience are deeply connected. He was appointed the Maynard Institute's CEO in January 2001. Previously, with the Seattle Times, he wrote a twice-weekly column on subjects ranging from his Western roots to his views about journalism and society. He joined the Seattle Times from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington, where he was the publisher. He also wrote a syndicated weekly column, " Letter From Moscow. " His journalism career includes work as executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, as well as editor and publisher at several tribal newspapers. He is also the former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He also writes a twice-monthly column for MSNBC.com.

Trahant is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho. He's received national awards for his investigations into federal Indian policy. Trahant has received numerous other honors, including the Elias Boudinot Award for Lifetime Contributions to Journalism and the Heywood Brun and Paul Tobenkin awards; he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1989. He is past president and a current member of the Native American Journalists Association. He is a trustee of The Freedom Forum.



Pearl Wong (pearl@maynardije.org)
Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Pearl provides support to the CEO and President. She assumes the position from Rosanna McDonald, who is now a MIJE programs coordinator.

Wong is a native San Franciscan and has worked in the Asian American non-profit community sector for over 7 years including the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Asian American Theater Company. Pearl is a founding member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, an Asian American sketch comedy troupe which has toured throughout the U.S. and Hong Kong and performs original material around the Bay Area.

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