Steve Altman is Executive Vice President and Chief Policy and Business Affairs Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). He oversees CPB’s Media Strategies and Business Affairs departments with a focus on key areas related to Community Service Grants and other policies, grants management and contracting.
Mr. Altman joined the company in 1996 as Associate General Counsel and has been responsible for most of CPB’s one-of-a-kind agreements, including negotiation of broadcast and Internet music rights licenses for public media, satellite interconnection, and major funding arrangements such as the National Program Service. In 2002, he became Vice President of CPB’s Office of Business Affairs, where he supervised the negotiation and documentation of all CPB transactions. He has also been CPB's primary advisor on intellectual property and entertainment law issues. Mr. Altman was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2005, and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2015 until April 2017.
Before joining CPB, Mr. Altman was Vice President and General Counsel for Riggs Bank/MD and Riggs Bank/VA. He provided legal and compliance advice to senior management and two Boards of Directors; structured, drafted and negotiated financial agreements, and advised on intellectual property matters. Mr. Altman began his legal career in private practice, first with the firm Steptoe & Johnson and then with Mayer, Brown & Platt.
He graduated with high honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1983 where he was a member of the Law Review and is a 1979 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta.