Anne Vasquez Appointed Executive Director Of The Television Academy Foundation

The Television Academy Foundation has appointed veteran media and nonprofit executive Anne Vasquez as its executive director effective May 13.

Her responsibilities will include overseeing daily operations and providing strategic leadership of its programs and fundraising to fulfill the charitable organization’s mission to identify, advance and empower future television leaders while honoring television’s legacy, according to a release from the foundation.

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She will report to Television Academy Foundation Chair Tina Perry and Television Academy President and Chief Executive Officer Maury McIntyre.

Vasquez is due to step down as CEO of EdSource, Inc., a California nonprofit news organization with the state’s largest newsroom devoted to education where she was employed for 5 years. While there, she cultivated new partnerships, expanded funder and donor support by more than $2 million, oversaw a website redesign and brand refresh, as well as led the organization through a strategic plan to position it for the future.

Her resume also includes: Senior VP of strategic initiatives and chief digital officer at Tribune Publishing, where she led digital strategy across 10 news markets; Managing editor of the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, when the newsroom won its first Pulitzer Prize — the 2013 Gold Medal for Public Service; and she’s also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California where she teaches a graduate course in narrative storytelling.

“We are delighted to announce Anne’s appointment to lead the Foundation’s team,” McIntyre shared. “Anne’s background championing education will be critical as we look to expand the scale of the Foundation’s programs, focusing on the impact we can make in nurturing and developing the next generation of television leaders.”

“With her expertise in the nonprofit, education and media sectors, Anne is uniquely qualified for the Foundation’s executive director role,” said Perry. “Her perspective and experience will be instrumental in driving the Foundation’s mission to educate and inspire students, promote diversity within the industry, and preserve the oral history of television.”

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Vasquez was raised in Miami, FL, and began her career as a reporter for The Miami Herald and later for the San Jose Mercury News in California. A passionate champion of diversity and inclusion, she became the editor of one of the country’s first race and demographics teams.

Vasquez has served on the boards of the American Society of News Editors and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is on the Leadership Council of the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, Vasquez’s alma mater.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Television Academy Foundation,” Vasquez said. “It’s never been more important to tell the stories of our time with nuance. I’m eager to lead the Foundation in its mission to support and prepare emerging talent from all walks of life while also preserving television’s rich history.”

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