The Asian American Journalist Association is organizing its first AAJA Media Institute, a two-day workshop to train thought leaders and help them become valuable sources to the media. The project grew out of the need to have diverse, go-to experts that can help journalists tell their story.
Thirty participants will take part in the boot camp to learn how a newsroom operates, get tips on becoming camera-ready and practice answering tough interview questions. Fifteen nonprofit leaders were selected to attend the program at no cost. May Leong, Executive Director of Cameron House was one of the chosen participants. We congratulate May for this wonderful opportunity.
May describes herself as a passionate community builder, with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of positions spanning the globe. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of DigitalEve, the first international nonprofit for women involved with the Internet, and grew the organization to serve 31 chapters in five countries with 15,000 members, using web technology and traveling to meet personally with chapter leaders to develop strong relationships and trust.
For over 12 years, May directed fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations in Seattle, Washington, such as: Technology Access Foundation, YouthCare, Junior Achievement of Washington, The Northwest School, and Nikkei Concerns. Her prior experience includes corporate and banking work and teaching English as a Second Language as a professor at a number of college and university programs in San Francisco, Seattle, and Japan. Her business articles have been published in print and online newspapers and magazines in the United States and Japan.
A first-generation Chinese-American, May was born in Hong Kong and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She has a BA degree in International Relations and a MA degree in English. She and her family have lived and worked on the West Coast for over 20 years, including San Francisco where her daughter was born.