Board and Bylaws

AIR was created by a network of producers and it continues to be a producer-led organization, thanks to an active board of directors and advisers from public media and beyond.

We encourage our network and colleagues to read AIR’s bylaws, peruse our annual surveys of independent producers, and keep up with the board’s activities through the annual all-members meeting and the minutes of the board’s quarterly meetings.

Board elections are an annual affair. For information about joining the board or one of AIR’s committees, please contact any of the directors:

AIR's Board of Directors

Jennifer Ferro, President | Organizational member (appointed) | Second term ends 2019

1900 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90405

Luis Perez, Vice President | Individual member | Second term ends 2019

Chicago, Illinois
Twitter @northsidelou

Tena Rubio, Secretary | Chair, Election Committee | Individual member | Third term ends 2019

Freelance Reporter, KQED Public Media
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Joan Kobayashi, Treasurer | Chair, finance committee | Organizational member (appointed) | First term ends 2018

Vice president and CFO
Greater Public
401 N 3rd St, Suite 370
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Bob Cross, Chair, Human Resource Committee | Organizational member (appointed) | Second term ends 2018

KUT Radio (Business and Financial Operations)
University of Texas
1 University Station A0704
Austin, TX 78712

Martina Castro, Chair, Membership | Individual member | First term ends 2018

Founder & CEO of Adonde Media
Co-founder Radio Ambulante
Montevideo, Uruguay
Twitter: @martinacastro

Neenah Ellis, Director | Individual member | Second term ends 2020

General Manager
WYSO Public Radio
150 East South College St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Kim Fox, Director | Individual member | First term ends 2019

Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

The American University in Cairo
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
New Cairo 11835, Egypt

Rachel Hubbard, Director | Organizational member | First term ends 2020

Associate Director and General Manager at KOSU
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Twitter: @kosurachel

Alex Kapelman, Chair, Programming | Individual member | First term ends 2018

Host of “Pitch,” podcast consultant
Brooklyn, New York

Susan Schardt, CEO | ex officio

P.O. Box 220400
Boston, MA 02122
617-825-4400 AIR office

Laura Starecheski, Director | Individual member | Second term ends 2018

Investigative reporter, Reveal
Brooklyn, New York

Melodie Virtue, Chair, Governance Committee | Appointed Director | First term ends 2020

Garvey, Schubert, Barer
Flour Mill Building
1000 Potomac Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC   20007-3501

AIR's Advisory Group

The AIR Advisory group is an invited group of industry leaders who serve as advisors to and in support of AIR’s membership, Board of Directors, and new initiatives.

Terry Clifford, Co-CEO, Station Resource Group

Robert Davoli, Principal, Sigma Partners

Renee Fleming, Musician

David Isay, President, Sound Portraits Productions

Cherry Jones, Actress

Jon McTaggart, CEO, American Public Media

Alisa Miller, CEO, Public Radio International

Ellin O'Leary, Chief Content Officer, Youth Media International

Jon Abbott, CEO, WGBH Radio and Television

Ruth Seymour, General Manager emeritus, KCRW-FM

Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio

Joanne Wallace, General Manager, KQED Radio