Houston Chapter Board Elections 2021

The Houston Chapter elections committee opened the ballot to vote on this year's board election on June 7th. Polls close on June 17, at 5 p.m. ET and results will be announced soon after. You can find the finalized list of candidates who appear on the ballot below.

Only current Houston Chapter eligible voters are able to see this form, if you're unable to see the form and you're an eligible voter, please contact us at [email protected] to make sure you're able to cast your vote.

President (uncontested):

Giselle Rodriguez Greenwood
View candidate's statement
Vice President (uncontested):

Ruthy Muñoz
View candidate's statement
Financial Officer:
Open Position
Secretary (uncontested):

Rafael R. Shabetai
View candidate's statement
At-Large (uncontested):

Mariana Pineda
View candidate's statement

2021 Election Timeline for chapter board elections:

May 18th:  Call for Nominations
May 28thDeadline to submit 1 signature before 11:59 p.m. Deadline to become a member in good standing and be eligible to vote
May 28-31stVetting process. The Elections Committee will screen candidates 
May 31stBallot is announced and campaigning begins
June 7th: Online voting begin (Polls open two weeks before the polls close)
June 17th: Polls close at 5 p.m. ET and results are announced

Candidates Statements:

President (uncontested):
Giselle Rodriguez Greenwood

As one of few Latinas in business journalism, much less a leadership position, my passion lies in encouraging more Latinos and Latinas to become journalists.

As one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in the U.S., Latino representation is important now more than ever in our industry, especially in leadership roles. Change comes at the top, and if we diversify our leadership ranks, the trickle down effect will become apparent. But it extends beyond the newsroom. With more representation in our newsrooms, our stories become more diversified and the treatment of Hispanics in the media becomes more accurate. Those who once were overlooked suddenly get a voice with an ally in the newsroom.

I grew up not speaking English and not knowing how to navigate the system to apply to college. I want to help students and professionals in similar situations, not just in helping boost our ranks of future journalists, but in helping boost more Hispanic representation as the future leaders of newsrooms. My goal is to not just encourage Hispanic students to go into journalism, but to help them get to the top, where change can truly happen. As president of the organization, I hope to drive that mission through new programs and mentorship. We've already made strides in that area in just the past year alone, despite the challenges Covid has handed to us. In the past year that I've been president, we've held four virtual panels for members, including one on how to get a job and keep your skills sharp, and one highlighting a local journalist who provided tips on how to become a successful journalist.

My mission isn't done. My next goal is to increase our membership so we can help more people and increase our programming. My other goal is to create a local job bank that will showcase opportunities to our Hispanic students and journalists. I would also like to create a mentorship program, in which we connect up-and-coming journalists with established media professionals.

The past year has certainly handed us some challenges in getting off the ground, but I think we successfully created a platform that has raised awareness of the value NAHJ provides. I'm excited to keep the momentum going.

Vice President (uncontested):
Ruthy Muñoz

As a Latina journalist who started journalism later in life, NAHJ has been instrumental to my career growth.

Journalism and networking are my passion.

I’ve been able to use those strengths despite the setbacks and challenges of the pandemic to welcome new members to the city, reach out to local universities to include their journalism students in our programming and workshops and reach out to all of you this past year while serving as chapter secretary.

And remember our meet and greet with NPR’s Lulu Garcia earlier this year? That was all thanks to the network I’ve increased through NAHJ that helps me connect our chapter with prominent journalists.

As Vice-President, I’ll continue doing this and more. We have accomplished so much with so little in 2020 and I want to continue with the momentum we’ve started to continue growing our chapter, start a newsletter, provide our membership with resources for jobs, student internships, professional development and increasing the number of Latino journalists in our area. My name is Ruthy Muñoz and I’m counting on your vote!

Secretary (uncontested):
Rafael R. Shabetai

Regarding the application to run for Secretary of the Houston Chapter of NAHJ, I am willing to offer my experience as a Journalist, News Editor, Radio and TV Anchor and Host of 50 years in many markets, in the US, LatinAmerica and Europe, a Certified Public Translator and Interpreter, and also as a former Executive and Senior Manager in the private sector specialized in the Insurance Medical fields in Latin America and the Spanish and English speaking Caribbean, from which I recently retired.

I started in Radio Broadcasting at the age of 17 at LRA Radio Nacional Buenos Aires, and becoming the Newscaster/Writer that innaugurated the night shift when the radio started to broadcast 24hs in 1975.

In the past I was also News Editor and Writer at France Presse in the “AmSud” Desk in Paris, for two years (1977-1978) under an internship for young journalists offered by the French Government, returning to Argentina as a Morning Shift News Chief of the “Informativo de LS1 Radio de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires”, and later when moved to the US on a similar capacity at Reuters Latin America in Miami (1996-1997). During 18 years I was the anchor of weekend news “Aqui Argentina” on WLRN-TV Channel 17, Miami (Programación en español), from 1986 to 2004.

I was also former Editor-in-Chief of “On The Risk” the Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting, and current Caribbean Editor, author of several articles. Currently I am the Producer/Director/Host and On Air Personnality of Suplemento, a weekend information and cultural magazine on KGLA 105.7FM in New Orleans, that has been on the air since January 2003 Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 10am. I am a freelance contributor and correspondant of CNN En Español Radio in our area, having covered Hurricane Katrina and Deep Water Horizon disasters in the past. I also contibute weekly with a radio station in Argentina, am690-K24Alta Calidad on the weekly show Personalidad.

I graduated from the School of Law of University of Buenos Aires, with a BA Degree in Legal Translation and a post grad in Broadcasting Law. At the same time I was completing the Degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting from the Institute of Social Communications, also from Buenos Aires and obtained a license of “Locutor Nacional de Radio y Televisión”.

I am also Public Affairs Staff Officer of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and former editor of The Guardian, the journal of Division 4, District 8th Coastal Region. Recent shows of Suplemento can be seen on Facebook, @Rafa Suple page

At-Large (uncontested):
Mariana Pineda

Why I'm running
It has been a great honor to serve as your local chapter vice president over the past year and a half. However, our work is just getting started. We still need to provide networking opportunities and help our members move up the career ladder.

I'm running for an At-Large position because I would like to help grow our local membership, bi-weekly meetings, and ensure Latinos have a presence in the newsrooms so they can continue to give our community a voice.

Who I am
Mariana Pineda is an Emmy and Golden Mike award-winning and deadline-driven bilingual communications expert in top-tier news media, public relations and social media. 
She is a recognized storyteller from Mexico City, Mexico who thrives on strategic planning in research, writing, editing, content development, and messaging.

The award-winning bilingual journalist has covered an array of topics such as immigration, education, healthcare and crime. She has worked for ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Telemundo and Univision. Mariana holds a BA in journalism and public relations with a minor in Spanish from Baylor University, a fellowship with IWMF and is a Poynter Alum.

Mariana is currently the vice president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) chapter in Houston, Texas. 

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

Good luck!

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