WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 19, 2010 – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced that Maurice Foster is the new Executive Director of the largest organization journalists of color in the nation.
Foster joins NABJ from the National Bar Association, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for seven years. He brings more than 22 years of diversified leadership experience in association and non-profit management. He is an experienced and proven achiever in fundraising and grants management with a successful record of developing, soliciting, and writing grant proposals, especially in the Washington, D.C. area. He has raised and administered millions in federal grants and contracts, and handled budgets for a variety of organizations and programs.
Additionally, Foster has extensive experience in conference management and has orchestrated and implemented more than 60 conferences and conventions, seminars, and trade shows/exhibits, including international meetings in 15 countries.
Foster is a graduate of Rutgers University, the Antioch School of Law, and has pursued continuing studies education from Yale University.
“Maurice has the experience and vision that we need to help us raise the bar,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. “He hit the ground running this week, and he’s working on many of our 2011 initiatives. Please look for announcements and information in the comings days and weeks regarding our 2011 Convention in Philadelphia, August 3-7, 2011.”
Members and partners will have an opportunity to formally meet Foster at the NABJ Hall of Fame Gala at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 27, 2011.
“I am excited about joining the National Association of Black Journalists; it is a great organization with a rich 35 year history, and I look forward to the new heights that NABJ will achieve, ” said Foster. “We are a pivotal point in time, as the landscape changes in the field of journalism. My first priority is to ensure that NABJ is there to meet the needs of its members and provide training and support to meet those changes.”
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.