CPB Board of Directors Re-Elects Laura Ross as Chair and Rubydee Calvert as Vice Chair
October 16, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 16, 2023) – 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 Laura G. Ross as chair and Rubydee Calvert as vice chair. They will serve one-year terms.
“I am honored to be re-elected by my fellow board members, and I look forward to working with them, CPB's leadership and staff, and our public media colleagues toward public media’s mission: to ensure universal access to high-quality educational and informational content that strengthens our nation’s civil society,” Ross said.
“In these difficult times, communities need public media’s fact-based journalism and quality educational content to encourage civil discourse and I look forward to working with Laura and our CPB staff to implement our strategic priorities to accomplish that,” Calvert said. “I also want to thank my fellow board members for their confidence in Laura and me and for their dedicated service to public media.”
Ross, of New York, has served on the CPB Board of Directors since 2018. She was reappointed to the Board by President Joseph Biden and confirmed by the Senate in February 2022. She was elected Board Chair in October 2022 after serving as served as 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, having been re-appointed by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate in December 2022. She has served as Vice Chair since October 2022.
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