The Board of Directors of the National Press Photographers Association met Sunday evening to elect a new National Secretary. Marie D. De Jesús, a photojournalist at the Houston Chronicle, was selected to fill the role. The vacancy was created by the departure of Andrea Wise. De Jesús will serve the rest of the current two-year term, which runs until January 2020.
As a member of NPPA’s Executive Committee, the secretary is primarily responsible for facilitating internal communications, keeping records of official meetings, serving as custodian of NPPA’s governing documents and policies and ensuring compliance, and communicating with members and the public.
“This position is of such critical importance to our organizational workflow and effectiveness,” said NPPA President Michael P. King, a former National Secretary. “I’m excited to work with Marie and look forward to her joining our team.”
An NPPA member since 2008, De Jesús joined the Houston Chronicle in 2013 as a staff photographer where she has developed deep relationships with diverse immigrant communities. Her contributions to in-depth reporting projects focused on marginalized communities, led coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border, partnered on an investigation of the Texas Education Agency that inspired federal action and followed the story of a family facing the deportation of their patriarch.
“A spark of talent, sheer determination and passion for photojournalism De Jesús displayed as an intern with our staff of the Orlando Sentinel has grown only brighter as she has developed her career,” said Akili Ramsess, Executive Director of the NPPA. “We look forward to Marie bringing those qualities honed by experience to help the NPPA continue to move forward in her new role as our National Secretary.”
"What it is motivating to me as a journalist is the public service I am able to provide to the community and this position is an extension of that value," said De Jesús. "I am thrilled to bring the same commitment and be a part of the other diverse voices in this association."