International Women’s Media Foundation Appoints Executive Director


The Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation has appointed Elisa Lees Muñoz as executive director.

Muñoz brings more than 20 years of experience in human rights and media development leading organizations that promote the rule of law, press freedom and the engagement, training and leadership of women in the news media around the world.

“I am honored by the Board’s faith in my ability to lead the IWMF,” Muñoz said. “In the coming year, we aim to expand our programs for women entrepreneurs in digital news media and to continue to support courageous women journalists working under extraordinary difficult conditions around the globe.”

The IWMF also added two new members to its board of directors:

Alexandra C. Trower, executive vice president, Global Communications, of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Sharon Waxman, founder, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of

“I’ve been a strong supporter of the IWMF for the last 15 years,” Trower said. “I’m delighted to join the board to help further support the mission of this tremendous organization.”

“I am incredibly proud to join the board of the IWMF, an organization that fills an essential role supporting journalism by heroic women who make great sacrifices for the cause of knowledge, transparency and social justice,” Waxman told the IWMF. “I hope I can contribute in a small way to its continued success.”

For full bios of members of the IWMF’s 2013 Board of Directors, visit


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