Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors Elects Laura G. Ross as Chair and Rubydee Calvert as Vice Chair
October 13, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 13, 2022) – The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting, unanimously elected Laura G. Ross as chair and Rubydee Calvert 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 support of our mission to serve the American people in communities across the country,” Ross said. “As a result of our combined efforts, Americans of all backgrounds support the content and services of public media,” Ross said.
“I second Laura’s statement of commitment to the outstanding work of CPB and its support of the mission of public media.” Calvert said. “I also want to thank my fellow board members and the superb CPB staff for their dedicated service to public media.”
Ross, of New York, was appointed to the CPB Board of Directors by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in May 2018. She has served as CPB Board Vice Chair since 2020. She 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 was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Public Delegate to the 64th United Nations General Assembly.
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.
Calvert, of Riverton, WY, worked at Wyoming PBS from its inception in 1983 until her retirement in 2015. She served as General Manager of the station from 2007-2015 and as President of the Wyoming PBS Foundation from 2006-2016. Prior to becoming general manager, she was the director of programming for 24 years, leading the production team to produce the station’s signature series “MainStreet, Wyoming,” and “Capitol Outlook.” She has served on the boards of PBS, America’s Public Television Stations, and the Wyoming State Board of Education, which she chaired for two years. She has served on the CPB board since 2018.
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