Kathryn Washington, Vice President, Television Programming

Kathryn Washington is Vice President, Television Programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In this role, she develops and executes the strategy for CPB's investments in mission-focused television and digital productions as well as investments in organizations supporting independent filmmakers and content creators.  

Ms. Washington joined CPB in November 2009 and has held many roles, including serving as director of diversity and innovation where she oversaw the funding of over 20 new programs such as Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” Most recently, she was senior director of content strategy where she established partnerships between PBS stations and independent producers to develop national content. Through her work with Henry Louis Gates’ production team, Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab,  and iconic PBS series such as “American Masters,” “American Experience,” “Nature,” and “NOVA,” Washington has developed strategies to bring high-quality and innovative programming to all platforms with a focus on advancing new and diverse voices.

Ms. Washington began her career in public broadcasting as an independent radio producer for KQED’s nationally distributed series “Beyond Computers” and the online music magazine “Behind the Beat.” She also conducted research for the Kitchen Sisters’ Peabody award-winning NPR documentary series “Lost and Found Sound.” She managed the Diversity Development Fund for the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and aided producers in the development of films that have aired on Independent Lens, POV and screened at festivals worldwide. Ms. Washington also volunteers for local arts organizations and serves as board chair for Timeslips, an international network of artists and caregivers that bring meaning to late life through creative engagement. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College, a master’s in psychology from Antioch University and a certificate in strategic foresight from University of Houston.