Christine Ma Copyeditor and Proofreader, self-employed Number of years in editing: 18 years
Why do you choose to serve on the ACES Executive Committee?
ACES is such an incredible organization for editors, and I want to have a hand in shaping it as our profession continues to evolve.
What is your favorite ACES memory?
I have so many favorites! My fondest memory is from ACES2016 in Portland, when two dozen editors of color got together for breakfast (at 7:15 a.m. that Friday!). The people I met at that event are just some of the many great friends I’ve made by being a part of ACES.
How do you balance your time as an editor with your time serving on the ACES Executive Committee?
I run my own editing business, and when I schedule my projects, I make sure to set aside time each week to focus on ACES-related tasks, including planning and editing stories for the newsletter and jumping on calls with other board members.
What advice do you have for others who are looking to serve in a leadership role?
I believe that the more you put into an organization, the more you will get out of it. Members who are interested in becoming more involved with ACES should keep an eye out for calls for volunteers, or let a board or staff member know. And they should run for a position on the Executive Committee in the next election!
What city/state do you live in? If someone was visiting your city/town what is one place you would recommend they visit?
I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My favorite place to show visitors on a clear day is the Duquesne Incline, a funicular that takes riders up Mount Washington for a spectacular view of the city skyline and other parts of the city. The cars date back to the late 1870s and used to transport cargo and people to and from work. Today the iconic red cars might be a familiar sight for many who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (or Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood): they resemble the show’s trolley.
Are you interested in serving on the Executive Committee?
ACES conducts elections each February for its Executive Committee. The number of positions varies by year, as the officer and board positions are staggered.
Nominations are accepted Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 each year. Voting takes place Feb. 15 through March 1 each year, by members in good standing as of the previous Feb. 1. Information on the candidates is posted online before voting begins.