Kathryn Washington is Senior Vice President, Television Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Washington leads the development and implementation of strategies for CPB's investments in mission-focused television and digital productions. She works closely with PBS, public television stations and independent production organizations to support innovative, diverse and creative programming and content for national public media audiences.
Washington joined CPB in November 2009 and has held many roles, including serving as Senior Director of Content Strategy where she established partnerships between PBS stations and independent producers to develop national content, and Director of Diversity and Innovation where she oversaw the funding of more than 20 new programs such as Stanley Nelson's "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution." Most recently, Washington served as Vice President of Television Content where she developed and managed CPB's investment strategy in national broadcast and digital 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.