Becky Day, the executive director for JAWS, has supervised and served on boards from New Jersey to California, covering everything from the PTA to symphonies. Her experience in non-profit management spans nearly 30 years. She has been leading the charge for JAWS since 2001. Becky was also executive director for the California Society of Newspaper Editors and supervised the financial and grant reporting for the Associated Press Managing Editors Special Projects for eight years.
Earlier, she was executive director for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. While living in Seattle, she also did consulting, research and writing for historic landmark nominations for the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. Prior to that she was the executive director for Landmarks Inc., a non-profit preservation organization in Omaha, Neb. She led that group through one of the toughest battles to save a historic district in the history of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She has helped draft legislation to protect cultural resources and updated local preservation ordinances. She has also written occasional freelance articles for newspapers, consulted and written for public relations and even did a stint as a paralegal at a law firm in Ottawa, Ill.
Becky has a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, an A.A. in liberal arts from Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., and continuing education credits in volunteer management, historic preservation, and creative writing. She is a native of Dodge City, Kan. and now lives in New Jersey.
“JAWS is the ‘must’ organization for women in journalism. This incredible network changes the lives of women in the media everyday with programs, support, leadership and a dedicated commitment to empowering women in every aspect of journalism.”