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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
The Rock Creek Group
Washington, D.C.

Erroll B. Davis Jr. (2020)***
Senior Advisor
Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

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

Kliff Kuehl (2021)**
President & CEO
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

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

Ramon Rodriguez (2020)***
Board of Directors, Republic Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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

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

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

Don Baer, Chair (2020)***
Founder & CEO
Palisades Strategic Advisors
Washington, D.C.

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

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

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

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

Paula Kerger
Public Broadcasting Service
Arlington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

Tina Sharkey (2021)****
Co-founder and CEO
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