Alberto B Mendoza is a managing director for the John S. Knight Journalism (JSK) Fellowships at Stanford University. JSK recruits and empowers diverse journalists from around the world who are creating solutions to journalism’s most urgent problems. Alberto’s focus is on helping journalism leaders succeed as effective change agents, improving the access to information people need to create and sustain democratic communities. He provides non-profit leadership expertise and fundraising strategies.
Prior to joining JSK he was the Executive Director of NAHJ (NAtional Association of Hispanic Journalists). With nearly 28 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, 20 of those as the Executive Director. Alberto led NAHJ’s renaissance with successful fundraising, increasing membership by nearly 200%, developed new relationships and launched innovative news products. He also founded NAHJ’s palabra, a multimedia platform that hires freelance journalists to tell stories that reclaim the Latino community’s narrative. He has raised over 36 million dollars from foundations, sponsors, major donors, conferences and special events. He has also served on various boards, and has been the board president of a multi-million dollar nonprofit.
In 2013 he founded and launched an online-nonprofit organization called Honor 41. Honor 41, is an oral history project that celebrates Latinx LGBTQ+ role models. To date, he has conducted, edited and published 275 video interviews that have generated over 780,000 views worldwide. Honor 41 is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
Alberto has also served as coach and advisor for a year-long program for BIPOC led newsrooms, focusing on short and long term fundraising. He’s an alumni of the Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) and an advisory member of the Pivot Fund and the Trans Latina Coalition. He also mentors new executive directors and non profit leaders looking to expand their fundraising strategies, DEI efforts, creating LGBTQ+ content and public relations strategies. He’s also an experienced moderator, interviewer and media relations manager.