In a watershed moment for the organization and the field of media literacy education, The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) announces the hiring of its first Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin. Michelle will begin her tenure on September 1, 2012.
Michelle brings a wealth of media literacy experience and nonprofit leadership experience to the position. She is a New York-based media literacy activist and educator, and freelance media producer, who for the past five years has been active in educational fundraising and organizing in New York City Public Schools. Michelle shares NAMLE’s position that media literacy education is essential for citizens of a healthy 21st century democracy, and is excited to join forces with the Board of Directors to increase NAMLE’s visibility and productivity as a leading voice in media literacy education in the country.
In a part time capacity, Michelle will report to and work with NAMLE’s volunteer Board of Directors to achieve the organization’s mission of expanding and improving the practice of media literacy education in the United States. Michelle will be responsible for providing leadership in programming, development, fundraising, and organizational communication.
Sherri Hope Culver, NAMLE President states “The board is thrilled that Michelle will be joining NAMLE. Her enthusiasm for the field and her experience in nonprofit leadership will serve the members of NAMLE well and help the organization grow at a critical time.” Michelle adds, “I am honored to join NAMLE and work alongside leaders in the field of Media Literacy Education. There has never been a more important time to spread the reach of this organization. I can’t wait to get started.”
NAMLE brings together a coalition of media literacy practitioners, educators, scholars, professionals, and activists from diverse fields, professions, and perspectives to help bring high quality media literacy education to all.
The Board is eager to begin integrating Michelle’s proven ability to collaborate with and mobilize the broad community of stakeholders necessary to cultivating the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that people of all ages need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world
Michelle is a mother of two and resides in New York City.