Elizabeth Sembler, Vice Chair, CPB Board of Directors

Elizabeth Sembler was appointed to the CPB board by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in October 2008.

Ms. Sembler is a Jewish educator, serving as both the director of engagement at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the director of Kesher, a Jewish afterschool program for students at the Ben Gamla Hebrew Language charter school in Clearwater, Fla.

She has served on the board of WEDU-TV since 1993 and was the chair of its board from 2001-2003. From 2006-2008, she served on the board of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), a nonprofit group that supports the continued growth and development of a strong and financially sound noncommercial television service.

Ms. Sembler serves on the board of advisors of the Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, New York and on the board of directors of the Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg in Florida, a privately funded middle school for students qualifying for needs-based scholarships. She also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Orchestra and was a member of the United Jewish Communities National Young Leadership Cabinet in the 1990s.

She began her career as a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) after earning her bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism and political science from Syracuse University. She later earned a master's degree in English from the University of South Florida.

Ms. Sembler lives in Seminole, Fla., with her husband Greg. They are the parents of four university students.

Her term expires in 2014.

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