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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
Washington, D.C.


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


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


Paul Hunton (2022)****
General Manager
Texas Tech Public Media
Lubbock, Texas


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


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
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)***
Senior Partner
Brunswick Group
Washington, D.C.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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