Executive Director and General Manager, Iowa PBS
Molly Phillips is Executive Director and General Manager for Iowa PBS, where she is responsible for leading Iowa’s only statewide broadcast network since 2013. Molly has served Iowa PBS since 1990, devoting her career to the advancement of public television and Iowa PBS’s mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans. She was previously the Director of Communications and Community Engagement at Iowa PBS, where for nearly 15 years she was responsible for the network’s state and federal public policy advocacy. America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) presented Molly with its National Advocacy Award in 2010.
Molly has volunteered her time and talents to a long list of organizations advancing the vision and goals of public media. She was elected to and currently serves as chair on the APTS Board of Trustees and is an active member of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE). She also chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for APTS. Molly was elected to and currently serves on the Public Broadcasting Service Board of Directors where she is co-chair of the PBS Diversity Advisory Committee. She also serves as past-chair on the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) Board of Directors. She previously served NETA as chair and secretary. As past-chair, she also serves on the Affinity Group Coalition of Public Media Organizations where she is leading an initiative to create professional development training opportunities for public media employees.
Molly completed the PBS Executive Leadership program in 2015. She is frequently invited to speak on the value, education benefits and opportunities offered by public media. She presented at the 2019 and 2020 NETA conferences, the 2018, 2019 and 2020 APTS Public Media Summits, and the 2017 Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Board Meeting.
Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business degree from Grand View University in Des Moines. She was raised in Southwest Iowa and she currently resides in Grimes with her husband Steve. They have three grown children together: Courtney and twin boys Taylor and Trevor.
Molly is Co-Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee. She serves on the Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and Interconnection Committee.