Meet the Class of 2017 NAHJ Board Members

The 2017 NAHJ Board is comprised of international and multinational student journalists with roots in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.

President: Yemile Bucay

Yemile Bucay is an M.S. candidate at Columbia Journalism School where she is studying long-form reporting. She grew up bi-nationally in Mexico City and San Antonio, TX and has also lived in France, Italy, and Jordan. Her main interests are migration, human rights, and women’s rights in Latin America and the Middle East. She received her B.A. in Humanities from Yale University. She’s conversant in seven languages and in her free time enjoys translating poetry and snooping in archives.

Vice President: Amanda L.P. Gomez

Amanda L.P. Gomez, or “Gomez,” is a full-time M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School. She has a B.A. in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Since graduating in 2013, she has covered business news for The Food Institute and She’s half Puerto Rican, half Venezuelan and grew up in Puerto Rico.

Secretary: Martín Echenique

Martín Echenique is a Chilean journalist and photojournalist – currently pursuing a Master of Science at Columbia Journalism School – focusing on international reporting, social issues and long-form writing in English and Spanish. He studied Journalism and Social Communication as an undergrad in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, while also attending two semesters abroad at the University of Miami and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Spain.

Treasurer: Gabriela Milian

Gabriela Milian is a broadcast journalist who grew up in Reading, PA. While working towards her Bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University in Journalism and Spanish, she worked for television networks such as Telemundo NY, NBC News, News 12 New Jersey, and CNN. Milian is currently working in the Investigative Unit at CBS News. She will continue her studies in broadcast, with a focus in business news, as a part-time M.S. student at Columbia University’s Journalism School. If Milian is not covering breaking stories she enjoys kayaking, traveling, blogging about her travels, and finding places to eat that were featured on the Food Network. 

Chapter Liaison: Marcia Robiou

Marcia Robiou is a civilian protection and human rights specialist. She has lived and worked in Myanmar, Thailand, Kenya, and most recently, South Sudan. Since graduating from NYU, she has either been investigating human rights violations or protecting those who are at high risk of abuse, particularly in war zones. She has worked as a research consultant for several documentary films, including two for Al Jazeera Witness. She is currently pursuing a master’s in investigative journalism. When she is not doing assignments, she is cooking, dancing poorly, or sleeping. 

Social Media Coordinators: Emily Elena Dugdale and Belen Smole

Emily Elena Dugdale is a Colombian-American journalist and Stabile student at the J-School. She was born in Cali, Colombia, and grew up in Seattle, WA. Most recently, she was a contributing writer for several local news sites in the San Francisco Bay Area including The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The San Francisco Public Press. She also worked in Medellin, Colombia at the English-language news site Colombia Reports. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Williams College in Williamstown, MA.

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