Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors Elects Bruce Ramer as Chair and Laura Gore Ross as Vice Chair
October 14, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 14, 2020) – The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting, unanimously re-elected Bruce Ramer as chair and elected Laura Gore Ross as vice chair. They will serve one-year terms.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with my fellow board members, CPB's leadership and staff, and our public media colleagues in communities across the country. I am so proud of the work of public media stations around the country, and that of PBS, NPR, and CPB,” Ramer said. “More than ever, our nation needs a source of trusted journalism, quality educational content, and civil discourse and dialogue. Public media continues to be the source Americans trust most.”
“I want to second Bruce’s statement of commitment to the work of CPB and support of activities of public media. As a result of our combined efforts, Americans of all backgrounds support the content and services of public media,” Ross said. “I also want to thank my fellow board members for their dedicated service to this board and to public media.”
Bruce Ramer is an attorney and partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, a firm specializing in entertainment and media matters, and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California. Mr. Ramer joined the board of Southern California public television station KCET in 1992 and was its board chair from 2001-2003. He was first appointed to the CPB Board by President George W. Bush and reappointed by both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. He was vice chair of the CPB Board from 2016 to 2018 and in October 2018 was elected as chair, a position he also held from 2010 to 2012.
Mr. Ramer serves numerous organizations including on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California (USC), the Board of Councilors of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Board of Governors of the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg, the Board of Councilors of the USC Gould School of Law, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, the Los Angeles Sports Council and the National Archives Foundation. He is chair of the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, founding chairman and member of the Board of Trustees of the Geffen Playhouse and a board member and chairman of the Peabody Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Laura Ross was appointed to the CPB Board of Directors by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in May 2018. Ms. Ross is a retired attorney who served eight years as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the State of New York. Her career in government service began at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also was a former Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Congressman from Flint, Michigan, and most recently was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Public Delegate to the 64th United Nations General Assembly.
Ms. Ross is currently a member of the Screening Panel for New York’s Federal Judiciary. She was a Trustee of New York Public Media for three years, a Director of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for 12 years, a Trustee of WNYC public radio for seven years, President of NYANA, a refugee resettlement agency, a member of the Board of the Horace Mann School, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Committee, and a Trustee for Turnaround for Children, an educational not-for-profit.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally managed and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn and subscribe for other updates.