Meet The Seattle Globalist’s newest board members

(Left to right) Jenny Asarnow and Esmy Jimenez are The Seattle Globalist’s newest board members. (Photos Seattle Globalist files.)

The Seattle Globalist welcomes two new board members to its roster, Esmy Jimenez and Jenny Asarnow.

Both women have been writers/contributors with The Seattle Globalist, and we’re happy to bring them on our board.

Esmy Jimenez is an undocumented mestiza scholar, community organizer, and writer. She was born in Mexico and raised in rural Washington. After attending USC for environmental studies and international relations in Los Angeles, she moved to Seattle where she is currently a legal assistant for Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, a Sightline Daily Editor and a managing editor for Undocumental, an intersectional project focused on the experiences of illegalized people.

A 2016 apprentice for The Seattle Globalist, Jimenez’s work has appeared in AdSum, La Raza del Noroeste, Femme Feminism, and more.

Jimenez said that her experience in the Globalist’s Youth Apprenticeship Program opened her eyes to the possibilities of journalism.

“The Globalist has truly been a place unlike any other. As a creative hub for the community, it allowed me to manifest stories that I wanted to share that I didn’t think I knew how to share or that were even worth sharing in the first place,” Jimenez said.

“Reflecting on my start as an apprentice a little over a year ago — to now serving on the board — leaves me floored with gratitude and in awe of the thriving community we’ve created here. With this in mind, I joined the board because I am absolutely committed to growing our community and look forward to all the stories we’ve yet to tell.”

Jenny Asarnow co-manages RadioActive Youth Media at KUOW Public Radio. She has worked in broadcasting/podcasting for more than a decade. Her work has been featured on NPR and exhibited in Seattle, Chicago, New York and Baltimore. She also created The Corner: 23rd and Union, an interactive public art installation that amplified hundreds of stories about gentrification in Seattle’s Central District, where she lives.

She first wrote for the Globalist (then the Common Language Project) in 2011 from Haiti as a fellow with the International Reporting Project.

Asarnow says The Seattle Globalist provides a vital service to the community.

“Journalism is so white. Our communities desperately need that to change. The Globalist builds power, skills and amplifies the narratives of people whose stories are often told without their say or not told at all,” she said.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled Jenny Asarnow’s name. This post has been corrected.