Molly de Aguiar joined the News Integrity Initiative on July 1 as its first managing director after serving as Program Director for Informed Communities at the New Jersey-based Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
The NII, funded with $14 million to develop a more informed public and greater trust in news, is a project of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. She works closely with Tow-Knight Director Jeff Jarvis to execute the vision of the NII.
De Aguiar has more than 11 years of grant-making experience, including building a program and portfolio of grants from scratch, which helped Dodge become nationally known as an innovator in funding local journalism.
In 2016, she co-authored a report called “Lessons Learned from the Local News Lab: Building a More Connected and Collaborative News Ecosystem.”
She is a board member of Media Impact Funders and a Democracy Fund Fellow.