Michael D. Bolden is the managing director, communications. Previously, Bolden served as the first editorial director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the leading funder of journalism and media innovation in the United States. For 13 years, he worked at The Washington Post, where he led the award-winning transportation and development reporting team and worked as an editor for The Washington Post Magazine and the Style and Sunday Arts sections. In prior roles, Bolden worked for the Miami Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News and The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). He was a 2011 Maynard Media Academy Fellow at Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama. He is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Press Club, NLGJA-the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary. He serves on the board of directors of the SPJ Foundation, the nonprofit that supports a free press and the educational mission of SPJ.