The American Journalism Project today announced the appointment of Hilary Schneidergeneral manager of Shutter, to its Board of Directors. In his new role, Schneider will share his expertise in business leadership, digital media and building sustainable business models with venture philanthropy.
Schneider has over 20 years of experience in consumer technologies and is an expert in building robust systems to drive sustainable growth and foster close collaboration within organizations. A former business executive at newspaper and internet publisher Knight Ridder, Schneider’s personal passion for local news combined with her background as a technology leader will bring expertise to the work of the American Journalism Project to rebuild the local news in the digital age.
“Local news is the cornerstone of our democracy, and thriving local news is essential to the health of our communities,” Schneider said. “I look forward to joining the Board of Directors of the American Journalism Project to continue to elevate and amplify the invaluable work this vital organization does for communities across the country.”
Schneider joined Shutterfly as CEO in 2020. Prior to joining Shutterfly, Schneider served as CEO of Wag!, a nationwide, on-demand mobile dog walking and sitting service. In addition to her work with Knight Ridder, she also served as President and CEO of LifeLock and held senior positions at Yahoo!.
“I’ve admired Hilary since our days at Knight Ridder, where she was a unique strategic leader,” said Joe Natoli, chairman of the board of directors of the American Journalism Project and former publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News. “She will bring an important and unique perspective to the work of the American Journalism Project as we help grantees create sustainable business models for delivering local news and information.”
Schneider is the chair of the board of water.org, where she has served on the board since 2011. She has also served on the board of Vail Resorts since 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“As our organization grows, it’s critical that our board and leadership represent expertise from diverse backgrounds,” said Sarabeth Berman, CEO of the American Journalism Project. “We are thrilled to have Hilary on board, and know that her deep background in business, journalism and technology will elevate our work to serve communities across the country.”
To learn more about the American Journalism Project and its board of directors, visit its website.
About the American Journalism Project
The American Journalism Project is a venture philanthropy dedicated to local news. We believe in civic journalism as a public good and are reimagining its future by building a model to fund and support the local news our democracy needs. We provide grants to local nonprofit news organizations to grow their revenue and business operations, partner with communities to launch new organizations, and mentor leaders as they grow and maintain their newsrooms.