The new members will be responsible for overseeing the ongoing reform plan to restructure the organization that awards the Golden Globes, along with increasing accountability, ethics and greater inclusion of the diversity of world journalism.
“This inclusion of these experienced professionals from outside the HFPA completes one of the most important commitments the members made earlier this year to open up and listen to other points of view and input,” said Helen Hoehne, the association’s recently-named president.
In addition, the HFPA named three members to the advisory board who will help review new member applications in the coming weeks. “The creation of an Advisory Board comprised primarily of outside professionals is intended to provide an independent voice in our new member selection process starting with the selection process of the members of the Credentials Committee,” said HFPA President Helen Hoehne. “Shaka McGlotten, Santiago Pozo and Paula Williams Madison have the experience and knowledge needed to ensure the new member selection process remains focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.” McGlotten is an artist and anthropologist, Pozo is an expert in marketing to Latinos and Madison is a former broadcast executive and media consultant.
Harris, a non-profit executive, is in charge of JB Harris Consulting which was founded to support organizations bringing programs and resources to BIPOC communities. Hambrick, an entertainment industry executive, is the CEO of Y-Tulip Productions with previous roles including being a producer at Entertainment Tonight. Dodd Massey, a C-level communications marketing executive, has advised teams at Fortune 500 companies and is an author and corporate speaker.
In May, the 85-member HFPA announced a timeline that would overhaul the organization by creating five pillars of change: accountability, membership, inclusion, good governance/ethics and transparency. All new board members will undergo diversity, equity and inclusion leadership training for their respective roles.
HFPA membership approved a new set of bylaws codifying the reform measures, including the addition of three non-members to its board. Under its new bylaws, the HFPA board serves as the principal policy-making body for the Association with authority over governance, settling politics, financial matters and the selection of its professional staff.