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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.

Maxine Clark (2023)***

Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Clayton, MO

Mark G. Contreras (2023)****

President & CEO
Connecticut Public
Hartford, CT

Rob Dunlop (2025)**

President & CEO
Cascade Public Media
Seattle, WA

Dolores Fernandez Alonso (2025)*

President & CEO
South Florida PBS
Boynton Beach, FL 

Mildred García (2023)*

American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Washington, D.C.

Chuck Hagel (2024)***

Former Secretary of Defense and Nebraska Senator
Washington, D.C.

Shae Hopkins (2024)****

Executive Director & CEO

Lexington, KY

Marvin Irby (2023)*

National Restaurant Association
Washington, D.C.

Larry Irving, Chair (2024)*

Principal, The Irving Group
Washington, DC

Michael Isip (2023)*

President & CEO
San Francisco, CA

Franz Joachim (2025)*

General Manager & CEO
New Mexico PBS
Albuquerque, NM

Gunjan Kedia (2023)*

Vice Chair
Wealth Management & Investment Services, US Bancorp
Minneapolis, MN

Paula Kerger

Public Broadcasting Service
Arlington, VA

Kevin Martin (2024)**

President & CEO
Cleveland, OH

Sandra Cordova Micek (2023)*

President & CEO
Window To The World Communications, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Molly M. Phillips, Vice Chair (2023)**

Executive Director & General Manager
Iowa PBS
Johnston, IA

Jorge Plasencia (2024)*

Co-founder, Chairman, & CEO, Republica Havas

Miami, FL

Courtney Pledger (2025)**

Executive Director & CEO
Arkansas PBS
Conway, AR

Vivian Riefberg (2024)**

Professor of Practice
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Washington, D.C.

Catherine Robb, Vice Chair (2025)**

Media Attorney & Counsel
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX

Geoff Sands (2025)**

EVP Corporate Strategy
Rye, NY

Tina Sharkey (2024)*

Co-founder and Former CEO
Mill Valley, CA

Amy Shaw (2024)*

President and CEO
Nine PBS
 St. Louis, MO

Jayme Swain (2024)*

President & CEO
VPM and the Virginia Foundation for Public Media
Richmond, VA

Holden Thorp (2024)*

Editor-in-Chief, Science Family of Journals
Washington, D.C.

Ed Ulman (2024)*

President & CEO
Alaska Public Media
Anchorage, AK

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