The Philadelphia Chapter elections committee is pleased to open the ballot to vote on this year's board election. Polls will close on June 15, 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 eligible Philadelphia Chapter members voters are able to access the ballot. If you're having trouble with the ballot, please contact us at [email protected].

Candidates Statements

President (uncontested):
Vanessa Graber
Vice President (uncontested):
Isabel Sanchez
Financial Officer (uncontested):
Miguel Martinez Valle
Secretary (uncontested):
Valeria Aponte Feliciano 
At-Large Officer (uncontested):
Joy Soto

NAHJ professional chapter officers’ general guidelines to keep in mind:

Officers of Professional Chapters 
(a)  Officers. Each professional chapter (i) is required to have a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer and a Secretary and (ii) at the discretion of the Chapter Board also may have a single at-large officer with such responsibilities as the Chapter Board shall determine.
(b)  Qualifications. The offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary may be held only by Regular Members in good standing. Any Regular Member, Academic Member or Associate Member, in good standing, may serve as the at-large officer. 
(c)  Holding Multiple Offices. Any elected officer may concurrently hold two or more offices, except that in no event shall the President serve simultaneously as the Treasurer or the Secretary.

(d)  Election. Chapter officers shall be elected annually. The President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary shall be elected by the Regular Members and the Academics Members of the chapter. The at-large officer, if any, shall be elected by the Regular Members, the Academic Members and the Associate Members of the chapter.


• May 12th:  Call for Nominations
• May 26thDeadline to submit 5 unique signatures before 11:59 p.m. Deadline to become a member in good standing and be eligible to vote
• May 29th – 31stVetting process. The Elections Committee will screen candidates. 
• June 1st: Online voting begins (Polls open two weeks before the polls close)
• June 15th: Polls close at 5 p.m. ET and results are announced.


Candidates Statements

Vanessa Graber

Throughout my career I have organized to ensure communities have access to important information and communications tools, raised awareness about important social justice issues, advocated for Latinx representation in media, and changed narratives to shift policy. In my role at Free Press and as an NAHJ board member I've organized to advocate for journalists to have better conditions in their newsrooms, DEI programs, pay equity, and an editorial process that allows journalists and the communities they cover to thrive. If elected as President, I will continue this advocacy and work with the board to create programming for our members that advances their professional goals and creates more equitable newsrooms for all.

Isabel Sanchez
Miguel Martinez Valle

Valeria Aponte Feliciano

Hi everybody,

My name is Valeria Aponte Feliciano, I am from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, I am one of four kids and for more than 10 years I have been a bilingual journalist. This industry has taken me across the country where I have met wonderful people who have trusted me to share their stories. For me, being a journalist is so much more than a job, it’s a passion. I am one of those that believes that journalism is calling. We work more than 8 hours a day for our community specially to serve those whose voices are not being heard and are not being prioritized.

After a year of making Philadelphia my home and working as an anchor and reporter for NBC10 and Telemundo 62, I want to get more involved in our community and what better way than stepping into a board role of an organization that its priority must be fighting for the rights of Latino journalist and working for more representation. We have come a long way but more needs to be done. We need to build a community that has each other’s back, creates opportunities for others and opens doors that are equal to all.

I’m honored to have this opportunity to run for NAHJ Secretary for the Philadelphia chapter and hope I can count on your support.
Joy Soto


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

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