Stephanie Aaronson is Vice President of Education and Community Impact at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), where she leads collaborative community engagement grant initiatives across departments and the public media system. Ms. Aaronson is responsible for advancing American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media and community initiative that helps citizens understand the nation’s dropout crisis and inspires greater community-wide participation in solutions. She also oversees Veterans Coming Home, a public media effort focused on bridging the military-civilian divide and supporting post-9/11 veterans as they transition to civilian life. Previous grant programs under her management include the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME) and Nashville’s Next Door Neighbors.
Ms. Aaronson comes to CPB with over 20 years of experience in media and communications. Prior to CPB, she was Senior Director at PBS and PBS KIDS, where she served on the senior corporate strategy and operations teams. She created and led the PBS Healthy Kids and Healthy Communities initiative, managed education and health advisory boards, and oversaw national communications and events. Previously, she held program and production, public affairs and corporate communications, and marketing positions at Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Television, Discovery Communications, Rutledge Broadcasting, and National Empowerment Television.
A native of Washington, D.C., Ms. Aaronson served on NIH's Director's Council of Public Representatives Federal Advisory Board, studied at Georgetown and American University, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from George Mason University.