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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.

Jon Abbott (2023)*
President & CEO
WGBH Educational Foundation
Boston, Massachusetts

 

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

 

Afsaneh Beschloss (2020)***
Founder & CEO
RockCreek
Washington, D.C.

 

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

 

Mildred García (2023)*
President
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Washington, D.C.

 

Marvin Irby (2023)*
CFO & CPO
National Restaurant Association
Washington, D.C.

 

Kim Johnson (2021)*
President & General Manager
Colorado Public Television (CPT12)
Denver, Colorado

 

Gunjan Kedia (2023)*
Vice Chair
Wealth Management & Investment Services, US Bancorp
Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

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

 

Molly M. Phillips (2023)**
Executive Director & General Manager
Iowa PBS
Johnston, Iowa

 

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

 

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

 

Geoff Sands (2022)*
EVP Corporate Strategy
Comcast
Rye, New York

 

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

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

 

Don Baer, Chair (2020)***
Senior Partner
Brunswick Group
Washington, D.C.

 

Maxine Clark, Vice-Chair (2021)**
CEO
Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Clayton, Missouri

 

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

 

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

 

Michael Isip (2023)*
President & CEO
KQED
San Francisco, California

 

Paula Kerger
President
Public Broadcasting Service
Arlington, Virginia

 

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

 

Sandra Micek (2023)*
President & CEO
Window To The World Communications, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

 

Courtney Pledger (2022)*
Executive Director & CEO
Arkansas PBS
Conway, Arkansas

 

Vivian Riefberg (2021)*
Professor of Practice
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Washington, D.C.

 

Robert Sachs (2021)**
Principal
Continental Consulting Group, LLC.
Boston, Massachusetts

 

Tina Sharkey (2021)****
Co-founder and Former CEO
Brandless
Mill Valley, California

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