The board officers and members listed below are those who were serving as of May 15, 2012, the date of this online Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report. The main CPB website maintains a list of the current board officers and members.
Bruce M. Ramer, Chair, is an attorney and partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, a Los Angeles firm specializing in entertainment and media matters. He was active for nearly 20 years on the board of public television station KCET in Los Angeles, which he chaired from 2001 to 2003. Ramer is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Southern California and the board of councilors of the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. He chairs the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business and was named one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in California by California Business Lawyer. (Confirmed October 2, 2008; term expired January 31, 2012, but as provided by statute he continues to serve until confirmation of a successor or the end of the calendar year.)
Patricia Cahill, Vice Chair, is general manager of KCUR-FM, the public radio station at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she also serves as an assistant professor of communication studies. In public radio for 40 years, she worked earlier as a reporter, producer, program director, news director, and general manager of KMUW-FM at Wichita State University. She has served on the board of directors of National Public Radio and as chair of its Distribution/Interconnection, Membership, and Development Committees. She was also president of Public Radio in Mid America. (Confirmed August 7, 2009; term expires January 31, 2014.)
Chris Boskin is a highly respected veteran of magazine publishing, with a career that has included publishing and marketing positions with Worth Media, The New Yorker magazine, Hearst Corporation, East West Network, and Knapp Communications, and she is currently a consultant to several media companies. She is a member of the board of directors of College Track and is board co-chair of Internews. She is also a member of the advisory boards of Care2.com and Higher Ground, a disabled veterans program. She was formerly a member of the board of directors of Northern California Public Broadcasting (KQED in San Francisco). Boskin chaired the CPB board of directors from 2007 to 2009 and is currently chair of its Digital Media Committee. (Confirmed September 29, 2006; term expired January 31, 2012, but as provided by statute she continues to serve until confirmation of a successor or the end of the calendar year.)
Lori Gilbert is the broadcast name of Loretta Sutliff, a veteran broadcaster, news director for Elko Broadcasting Company’s KELK-AM and KLKO-FM in Elko, Nevada, and host of Elko Live, a daily half-hour community news program with first-person news accounts of local, regional, and national issues. She is also news director and a reporter for KENV-TV (NBC) and hosts a weekly news program. (Confirmed October 2, 2008; term expired January 31, 2012, but as provided by statute she continues to serve until confirmation of a successor or the end of the calendar year.)
David H. Pryor, a former state legislator, congressman, governor, and U.S. senator from Arkansas, served as founding dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and as director of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Since 2009, he has been a member of the board of trustees of the University of Arkansas, and he is a founder of the Barbara and David Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas. (Confirmed September 29, 2006; reappointed and confirmed October 2, 2008; term expires January 31, 2014.)
Elizabeth Sembler is a Jewish educator who is the director of engagement at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the director of Kesher, a Jewish afterschool program for students at the Hebrew-language Ben Gamla Charter School in Clearwater, Florida. She serves on the board of advisors of the Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She received the Edward N. Ludin Young Leadership Award from the Pinellas County Jewish Federation in 2003 and the Federation’s Educator of Excellence Award in 2009. From 2001 to 2010, she was director of Jewish studies at the Pinellas County Jewish Day School. Sembler has served on the board of Tampa’s community-licensee public television station WEDU-TV since 1993 and chaired that board from 2001 to 2003. From 2006 to 2008, she served on the board of trustees of the Association of Public Television Stations, a nonprofit group that supports the continued growth and development of a strong and financially sound noncommercial television service. (Confirmed October 2, 2008; term expires January 31, 2014.)