After completing my first two months as Executive Director of the Foreign Press Association, I would like to further introduce myself to the membership and offer some thoughts on my initial weeks at the FPA.
During these past weeks, I have been reviewing the FPA’s fascinating ninety-six year history; learning about the diversity of its membership; and looking at the various components of its operations.
I have been impressed by the dedication of the FPA leadership to the goal of striving to improve the value of membership for everyone. Currently, there are six major initiatives in various stages of implementation that highlight much of their work:
- Developing strategic alliances with press associations around the world as both a marketing source of future members, and a media networking benefit for journalists.
- Creating a FPA Scholarship Award winners alumni group, run by the alumni for the alumni, that will also act as a marketing source of future members, and a media networking benefit for journalists.
- Strengthening and building relationships with foreign consulates, UN missions, local and national government, chambers, and industry associations.
- Increasing the FPA’s visibility on social media, and maximizing the functionality of our web site.
- Reinstating the Foreign Press Awards, to not only improve the FPA’s brand recognition, but as a non-traditional revenue source.
- Researching and investigating archives and other sources for historic information and documents to compile the publication of “100 Years of the Foreign Press Association,” for its 100th Anniversary.
In addition to all the exciting and important projects described above, the first initiative that I have undertaken, with the approval of the President and the Executive Committee, is the development of a strategic plan for the FPA. When the plan is completed it will provide a template for the FPA leadership to develop a clear and cohesive vision as to where the FPA should be headed as it approaches its Centennial Anniversary in 2018 and enters its second century as the preeminent press association. However, in order for this strategic plan to be developed, your input was necessary. Members received an email from the Strategic Plan Team at Hunter College, which contained a link to a questionnaire asking for your views on various aspects of the FPA. Your participation in this survey was critical for members of the FPA leadership to chart the future course of the FPA.
I also look forward to working closely with Camilla Hellman, the new Executive Director of the FPA Scholarship Fund. You can find out more about Camilla by clicking on the “About” tab on the FPA website.
Before closing, I want to provide you with some of my biographical information.
During my more than thirty-years in state government, I worked for two New York State Assemblymembers as Chief of Staff and District Office Manager, and served as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the New York City region. I have an established track record of creative problem solving, strategic advocacy and broad based policy analysis.
Over the course of my career, I have developed an in-depth knowledge of and working experience with the operational and budgetary processes of government at the city, state and federal level. I have extensive citywide intergovernmental and community relations experience with legislators and their staff, governmental agencies, the private and non-profit sectors, and community-based and civic organizations.
I serve on the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Services, and Chair its Carroll Kowal Journalism Award Committee; Treasurer on the Board of Directors of New Media Repertory Company: and on the Advisory Board of the Humanity-Without-Borders Foundation.
I received my graduate degree from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and did post graduate work in Social Policy, Planning and Analysis at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.
I look forward to meeting and speaking with you over coming months.
Anthony J. Morenzi
Executive Director, Foreign Press Association