Chicago Chapter
Board Elections 2022

The Chicago Chapter elections committee is pleased to open the ballot to vote on this year's board election. Polls will close on July 7, at 5 p.m. ET and results will be announced soon after. You can find the list of candidates who appear on the ballot below.

Only current Chicago Chapter members are able to see this form, if you're unable to see the form please contact us at [email protected] to make sure you're able to submit your nomination.

 Candidates Statements

President (uncontested):

Carly Luque
Vice President (uncontested):

Laura Rodriguez
Financial Officer (uncontested):

Paulina Wysocka
Secretary (uncontested):

Ismael Perez

2022 Election Timeline for Chapter Board Elections:

June 3: Call for Nominations

June 15: Deadline to submit 5 signatures. Date of the record: deadline to become a member in good standing and be eligible to vote.

June 15-23: Vetting process. The Elections Committee will screen candidates 

June 23: Online voting begin (Polls open two weeks before the polls close)

July 7: Polls close at 5 p.m. ET and results are announced

Candidates Statements:

Carly Luque

I first got involved with NAHJ in 2015. During that time, I was instrumental in organizing and executing WBBM-TV’s involvement with the NAHJ Job Fair. During my term as Vice President of NAHJ Chicago, I chaired both the Job Fair and Scholarship Committees. During the 2016-2017 year, the chapter raised enough money to give three students $2,000 journalism scholarships and one student a $500 multimedia scholarship. The following year, the chapter awarded three $2,000 scholarships. As president of the chapter, the scholarship fundraiser has grown each year.
Chicago has become a NAHJ model chapter with my guidance. The chapter partnership with NABJ has executed a successful joint job fair since 2018. I have also met with university students and chapters, encouraging them to apply for scholarships and follow their dreams of becoming journalists. My focus is to gain more chapter members and continue to organize events to keep Latinos connected with current and future journalists.

Laura Rodriguez

After serving on the Chicago chapter board for several years as a member at large - social media coordinator- I’ve decided to run for Vice President of the NAHJ Chicago chapter. Journalism is more than a career for me, it is a vocation to ensure that Latinos are accurately and genuinely represented in the media. I’m a writer at heart but it’s been a pleasure to also be a part of this organization that allows me to advocate to change the narrative of journalism in the country by supporting more Latinos to join the industry and take on leadership roles to change the media landscape in this country that has been shaped by white men. As Vice President, my goal is to push for better relationships with other journalists of color, to promote and ensure support for our budding journalists and also encourage seasoned journalists to pursue positions of leadership in their companies.

Paulina Wysocka

I got involved with NAHJ a few years ago and I haven’t looked back since! Getting more Latinos in news and media is top priority for me. Being on air and representing our culture to the city of Chicago has been such an honor. As treasurer of NAHJ Chicago, my goal is to raise as many funds for our scholarship program as possible. I strive to create relationships with Latino reporters, producers. small businesses, students and everyone in between! Building and creating community is what helps us strive as an organization.

Ismael Perez

Ismael Pérez is an editorial board member at the Chicago Sun-Times. He is a national award-winning columnist who has written essays about immigration, addiction and being a Latino gay man.
Pérez loves talking about movies, tears up during anxiety-filled cooking shows and lives his “Soraya Montenegro” fantasy by watching classic telenovelas.
Pérez is a son of Mexican immigrants, grew up along the Texas-Mexico border and his first language was Spanish. He understands the struggles of being a first-generation college student with zero-to-no guidance on how to navigate higher education and the job hunting process.He is passionate about helping the next generation of Latino journalists succeed in the business, and NAHJ Chicago allows him to do just that. Pérez joined the board in 2021 and worked with the other board members to keep the mission alive even when the pandemic made fundraising difficult. He is up for the challenge again this year.


If you have any questions regarding this chapter's election contact Blanca Rios, Chicago Chapter Elections Chair. You can also email us at [email protected] with any additional questions.

Good luck!

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