Dawn Garcia is the director. Garcia helped transform the JSK Fellowships from a sabbatical model to one that coaches and challenges fellows to become innovative leaders and change agents to reinvent journalism.
She began her career as a reporter and editor at West Coast newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle, where she wrote about politics, immigration and legal affairs. She is a past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, a national nonprofit organization that supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of society. She has served on nonprofit boards championing First Amendment rights, social justice and quality journalism training and education.
She earned a master’s degree in liberal arts at Stanford, writing her dissertation on the evolution of Spanish-language media in California and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Oregon. She has taught journalism at Bay Area universities and is a lecturer in Stanford’s Journalism Program. She was a 1991-92 JSK Fellow, where she studied U.S.-Mexico relations.