He moves up from Deputy Director to succeed Jane McDonnell
Irving Washington, widely recognized as a key leader in organization management and a proponent for diversity, is succeeding Jane McDonnell as Executive Director of the Online News Association.
Washington, a Certified Association Executive (CAE), is currently the Deputy Director of the ONA and will begin his new duties effective Jan. 1, 2017.
“After a thorough search process, it was clear that Irving was the best choice to help us write ONA’s next chapter,” Joshua Hatch, ONA’s Board President, said in a news release. “His background, knowledge, passion and professionalism are unmatched, and all of ONA will be the beneficiary of his leadership.”
Washington has distinguished himself at ONA in short- and long-term planning and strategy, and is responsible for operations and programming. He joined ONA in 2011, and has taken on critical roles since the start, including helping direct the $1M Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. He also has managed logistics for ONA’s annual conference and is credited with growing the organization’s diversity and professional development programs.
Washington said he is looking forward to his new responsibilities.
“I came to ONA because I believe in its mission and am inspired by our community’s unparalleled passion” he said. “Our sweet spot is bringing together people with cutting-edge ideas from all backgrounds to help solve our industry’s toughest challenges. I’m immensely grateful for Jane’s leadership and I look forward to working with our amazing staff and board to continue serving our community.”
In addition to his CAE designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Irving is a 2016 Fellow of the prestigious Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program. He received Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40 award in 2013 and both the Ball State University Black Alumni Achievement Award (2016) and Journalism Young Alumnus Award (2012).
Irving has managed programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals and students, including ONA’s Knight and CNN Diversity Fellowships.
His work also includes close ties to the National Association of Black Journalists, including new partnerships bringing together ONA and NABJ. He spearheaded an effort leading to the organizations providing more than $100,000 in student scholarships.
Washington also launched the organization’s all-digital platform for the annual Salute to Excellence National Media Awards, the largest journalism awards competition recognizing issues affecting the worldwide black community and African diaspora.
Before joining ONA, Washington was Diversity Education Coordinator for the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation, which promotes the hiring, training, promotion and retention of professionals of color in television, radio and digital news.
He is a member of ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and serves on the Journalism Alumni Society Board of Directors of his alma mater, Ball State University, from which he received a degree in Journalism.
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists.