Bruce M. Ramer was reappointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2013. This is Mr. Ramer's second term as a member of the CPB Board of Directors, having been previously appointed for his first term by President George W. Bush. He was elected vice chair in September 2016 and re-elected in October 2017. He served as chair of the CPB Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012.
He is an attorney and partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, a firm specializing in entertainment and media matters.
Ramer has been active in public television since joining the board of KCET in Los Angeles in 1992. He served as chair from 2001 to 2003.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California (USC). He is chair of the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business and a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Board of Governors of the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg; member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Gould School of Law and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.
Ramer is founding chairman and member of the Board of Trustees of the Geffen Playhouse, a board member of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, the Los Angeles Sports Council, the National Archives Foundation, and an inaugural member of the Peabody Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is a former member of the Herrhausen Institute for International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank.
Ramer received the American Jewish Committee Community Service Award in 1987 and the Learned Hand Award in 2005. He has also received the Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award in 1996; the Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2000; the Medal of Honor of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in 2001 and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation Ambassador for Humanity Award in 2002; and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2013.
He was named one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in California by California Business Lawyer and one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.
Ramer is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Madeline. They have four children and six grandchildren.
His term expires in 2018.