Foundation Names New Vice President of Communications, New Director of Information Systems

MIAMI – Larry Meyer has been named vice president of communications and Jorge Martinez has been promoted to director of information systems of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

Meyer will continue to oversee the foundation’s expanded communications department. He reports to Hodding Carter III, Knight Foundation’s president and chief executive officer.

Meyer joined the foundation in 1995 as communications director after nearly 15 years with The Miami Herald, where he worked as executive assistant to the publisher and in several newsroom positions, including assistant news editor/weekends. Meyer previously worked in several editorial positions at The Fort Myers News-Press, the Columbia Missourian and the Hannibal Courier-Post.

Meyer has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Meyer is past chair of the Council on Foundations’ Constituent Communications Committee and is a member of the council’s Committee on Legislation and Regulations. He is also a board member of and current State Program Chair for Leadership Florida.

Jorge Martinez, the foundation’s first director of information systems, joined the foundation in 1996 as manager of information systems after working in the Information Systems department of The Miami Herald. Martinez, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, will continue to report to Belinda Turner Lawrence, the foundation’s vice president and chief administrative officer.

Martinez serves as chairman of the Technology Affinity Group for the Council on Foundations, is a member of the Foundation Information Systems Managers group and Hispanics in Philanthropy. He is active in promoting collaboration between technology staffs of foundations and nonprofit technology assistance providers such as N-TEN and the Circuit Riders.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities.