Meet the Board / Advisors 2015-16


Juliana Reyes
Reporter, Philly

julianaJuliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene for Philly since 2012. Before that, she wrote about city services for the Philadelphia Daily News. She’s a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for “Community Reporting of the Year.” The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

Yowei Shaw
Freelance radio reporter/producer

yoweiYowei Shaw is an award-winning independent radio producer based in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured on This American Life, NPR, and Studio 360; she’s also worked as an associate producer with NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Yowei is also a 2014 USA Knight Fellow and the recipient of the 2013 Leeway Transformation Award. Her life has completely changed, now that she’s upgraded to a standing desk.


Michelle Lee
Freelance reporter

Michelle Lee is a freelance writer and librarian. Her work has been featured in, Library Journal, The Providence Journal, The Press of Atlantic City, The Bergen Record and other publications.

National Advisory Board Representative

David Limm
Online editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Mentorship Program Director

Meeri Kim
Freelance science reporter

Meeri Kim, PhD is a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia who reports on science and health. She contributes regularly to The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philly Voice. In 2013, she received her PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on biomedical optics.


Rikki N. Massand
Freelance Writer, The Garden City News

rikki-massandAAJA Philly’s board secretary is Rikki N. Massand, who reports on business, politics, education, and the achievements of minorities for The Montgomery News in New Jersey and New York newspapers including The Garden City News, Syosset Advance and Jericho News Journal. Previously, Rikki was editor of the West Windsor-Plainsboro News with its flagship company, US1 Publishing in Princeton. Rikki holds masters degrees from Columbia University and Quinnipiac University and has written for amNew York, Little India, Asianweek, Hyphen, The Long Island Press and most notably China Daily as their U.S. correspondent. He has two cute daughters, Shakira, 8, and Desiré, 4.

Board Advisors

David Boardman
Dean, School of Media and Communication, Temple University

Murali Balaji
Director of Education and Curriculum Reform, Hindu American Foundation

Porus Cooper
Assistant Editor, South Jersey bureau, Philadelphia Inquirer

Michelle T. Shinseki
Chief Content Officer & Editorial Director,