Board of Directors

Deborah L. Acklin (2021)*
President & CEO
WQED Multimedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ronnie Agnew (2021)**
Executive Director
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Jackson, Mississippi
Donald A. Baer (Chair, 2020)***
Founder and CEO
Palisades Strategic Advisors
Washington, DC
Afsaneh Beschloss (Vice-Chair, 2020)***
Founder and CEO
Washington, D.C.
Maxine Clark (2021)**
CEO, The Clark-Fox family Foundation
Founder, Build-A-Bear Workshop
St. Louis, Missouri
Erroll B. Davis Jr. (2020)***
President, African American Heritage House at Chautaqua
Atlanta, Georgia

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

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
Denver, Colorado

Paula Kerger
Public Broadcasting Service
Arlington, Virginia

Kliff Kuehl (2021)**
President  & CEO
Kansas City, Missouri
Becky Magura (2020)**
President & CEO
Cookeville, Tennessee
Kevin Martin (Vice-Chair, 2021)*
President & CEO
Cleveland, Ohio

Molly Phillips (2020)*
Executive Director & General Manager
Iowa PBS
Johnston, Iowa

Courtney Pledger (2022)*
Executive Director & CEO
Arkansas PBS
Conway, Arkansas
Vivian Riefberg (2021)*
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company, Inc
Washington, D.C.
Tom Rieland (2021)*
General Manager
WOSU Public Media
Columbus, Ohio

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

Ramon Rodriguez (2020)***
Former Managing Partner & CEO
Madsen Sapp Mena Rodriguez & Co.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Robert Sachs (2021)**
Principal, Continental Consulting Group, LLC,
and former President & CEO of NCTA
Boston, Massachusetts
Geoff Sands (2022)**
EVP, Corporate Strategy
Rye, New York

Neal Shapiro (2020)**
President & CEO
New York, New York

Tina Sharkey (2021)****
San Francisco, California
Lisa Shumate (2020)**
Associate Vice President & General Manager
Houston Public Media
Houston, Texas
Evan Smith (2020)***
CEO & Editor-in Chief
The Texas Tribune
Austin, Texas
Gary Stokes (2022)**
President and General Manager
Spokane, Washington

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. All PBS Board members serve three-year terms, without pay.

Term expires at the fall Organizational meeting of the Board in the year shown in parenthesis.
*=First Term
**=Second Term
***= General Director Third Term
****= Filled vacancy mid-term; eligible for two full subsequent terms