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PBS Board of Directors

PBS is governed by a 27-member Board of Directors that manages the property, affairs and business of the Corporation. The Board meets for regularly scheduled meetings four times a year, and its committees meet as necessary. Meetings of the Board and its committees are open to the public, though some portions of those meetings may be held in closed session.

The Directors are responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. In total, the Board comprises 27 members: 14 Professional Directors (station managers); 12 General Directors (outside directors); and the PBS President. PBS Board members serve three-year terms, without pay.

Deborah L. Acklin (2021)*
President & CEO
WQED Multimedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Donald A. Baer (Chair, 2020)***
Founder and CEO
Palisades Strategic Advisors
Washington, DC

Maxine Clark (2021)**
CEO, The Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop
St. Louis, Missouri

Rob Dunlop (2022)*
President & CEO
Cascade Public Media
Seattle, Washington

Chuck Hagel (2022)**
Former Secretary of Defense and Nebraska Senator
Washington, D.C.

Paula Kerger
President
Public Broadcasting Service
Arlington, Virginia

Kevin Martin (Vice-Chair, 2021)*
President & CEO
Ideastream
Cleveland, Ohio

Courtney Pledger (2022)*
Executive Director & CEO
Arkansas Educational Television Network
Conway, Arkansas

Tom Rieland (2021)*
General Manager
WOSU Public Media
Columbus, Ohio

Ramon Rodriguez (2020)***
Former Managing Partner & CEO
Madsen Sapp Mena Rodriguez & Co.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Geoff Sands (2022)**
Independent Consultant
Emeritus Director, McKinsey & Company
Rye, New York

Lisa Shumate (2020)**
Associate Vice President & General Manager
Houston Public Media
Houston, Texas

Gary Stokes (2022)**
President and General Manager
KSPS-TV
Spokane, Washington

Ronnie Agnew (2021)**
Executive Director
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Jackson, Mississippi

Afsaneh Beschloss (Vice-Chair, 2020)***
Founder and CEO
RockCreek
Washington, D.C.

Erroll B. Davis Jr. (2020)***
President, African American Heritage House at Chautaqua
Atlanta, Georgia

Susi Elkins (2022)*
General Manager
WKAR
East Lansing, Michigan

Kim Johnson (2021)*
President&General Manager
Colorado Public Television
Denver, Colorado

Kliff Kuehl (2021)**
President & CEO
KCPT
Kansas City, Missouri

Becky Magura (2020)**
President & CEO
WCTE
Cookeville, Tennessee

Molly Phillips (2020)*
Executive Director & General Manager
Iowa Public Television
Johnston, Iowa

Vivian Riefberg (2021)*
Emeritus Director and Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company
Washington, D.C.

Catherine Robb(2022)*
Media Attorney and Counsel
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, Texas

Robert Sachs (2021)**
Principal, Continental Consulting Group, LLC,
and former President & CEO of NCTA
Boston, Massachusetts

Neal Shapiro (2020)**
President & CEO
WNET
New York, New York

Evan Smith (2020)***
CEO & Editor-in Chief
The Texas Tribune
Austin, Texas

Terms expire at the fall Organizational meeting of the Board in the years shown in parentheses.

*=First Term
**=Second Term
***= General Director Third Term
****= Filled vacancy mid-term; eligible for two full subsequent terms