Jenna Price Mallette, an account manager with Robot Creative and a graduate of Trinity University, has been named the first director of development at the Rivard Report.

In her new position, Price Mallette will oversee the nonprofit Rivard Report‘s growing fundraising efforts, donor relations, and events. Her responsibilities will include working with local and national foundations, philanthropists, and the growing community of business and individual members supporting the Rivard Report‘s team of journalists.

A new membership associate is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Jaime Solis, who joined the Rivard Report in 2013 as its advertising and marketing director, will continue to oversee all advertising sales, sponsored postings and videos, and newsletter advertising.

The Rivard Report, which first published in February 2012, reorganized as a 501(C)(3) in late 2015. It now has a full-time staff of 12 and a similar number of regular freelance contributors. Editors expect to add more reporters in the coming months.

Readers can see the full roster of donors by clicking on Membership at the top of the home page, and use the same link to become a business or individual member.

“We met with many good people during our search, but Jenna has the perfect set of qualifications: a strong business development background, a deep commitment to community and public service, and a passion for San Antonio and its people,” said Robert Rivard, the website’s director and editor. “Given our continuing growth in readership and financial support, the time has come to add new leadership to our team.”

Price Mallette takes up her new duties on Thursday, Oct. 27.

“Growing up, my sister used to call me ‘Talks Too Much,’” she said. “Talking to people, I think, keeps me moving. I love hearing about people’s stories and where they’re from and what they do. I’m also a complete extrovert.”

Price Mallette grew up in Iowa, and lived in Houston for four years before attended Trinity University in San Antonio, where she majored in English and served as a captain of the cross-country and track team. She also studied abroad in New  Zealand.

After graduation in 2011 she went to work at Trinity as a high school graduate advisor with Advise TX. She joined Robot Creative in 2013 as a project coordinator and was promoted to account manager in 2014.

Price Mallette serves on the board of the nonprofit THRU Project, which helps San Antonio teenagers and young adults who grow up in foster care make a successful transition to independent life. She also serves on the marketing committee of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

“I wanted to join a nonprofit board to get more involved in the community and to help address a high-need area,” she said. “Helping young people coming out of foster care is an issue that deserves more attention.”

Joining the Rivard Report, she said will let her marry work and community commitment in the city she has adopted as home.

“I thought about direct development work in the past,” Price Mallette said. “It’s the same skill set I’m already honing, but this new opportunity allows me to get directly involved in the city’s growth at a moment when a lot of awesome change is underway.”

Jenna Price Mallette.
Jenna Price Mallette.

“I totally believe asking people to contribute to the Rivard Report is simply asking them to invest in San Antonio,” she said. “The journalists who will now be my colleagues are telling so many great stories about San Antonio and its people that otherwise would not get told.”

She is married to Dan Mallette, who works as a teacher at the San Antonio Independent School District’s new Advanced Learning Academy (ALA) on the Fox Tech High School campus, which opened for the 2016-2017 school year.

In her free time, Price Mallette runs to stay fit, studies voice and singing, and works on her cooking skills. She’s psyched to start her work at the Rivard Report.

“It’s just really exciting and energizing to see so much growth and change in San Antonio and be at the Rivard Report, which is right in the middle of it all,” she said.

Camille Garcia

Camille Garcia is a journalist born and raised in San Antonio. She formerly worked at the San Antonio Report as assistant editor and reporter. Her email is camillenicgarcia@gmail.com