About the Walter Kaitz Foundation

Our Mission

The Walter Kaitz Foundation stands at the center of the cable industry’s long-standing commitment to diversity as it seeks to advance the contributions of women and multi-ethnic professionals in cable. Through the funds we raise, the organizations we support, and the programs we produce, the Walter Kaitz Foundation serves as a catalyst for increasing diversity in cable in three areas – its workforce, its supplier base and its programming.


The Walter Kaitz Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who deeply believe in our work and who advance our mission in the cable industry every day within their respective companies.

  • Thomas M. Rutledge

    Chairman & CEO
    Charter Communications

  • Patrick Esser

    Cox Communications, Inc.

  • John D. Skipper

    President, ESPN, Inc. &
    Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks

  • Dave Watson

    President & CEO, Comcast Cable
    EVP, Comcast Corporation

  • Michael K. Powell

    President & CEO

  • Robert Bakish

    Predident & CEO
    Viacom, Inc.

  • Matthew C. Blank

    Showtime Networks Inc.

  • Rocco B. Commisso

    Chairman & CEO
    Mediacom Communications Corp

  • Jeffrey S. DeMond

    President & CEO
    Vyve Broadband

  • Frank M. Drendel

    CommScope Holding Company, Inc.

  • Nancy Dubuc

    President & CEO
    A + E Networks

  • Ronald Duncan

    President, CEO & Co-Founder
    General Communication, Inc.

  • John D. Evans

    Chairman & CEO
    Evans Telecommunications Company

  • Dexter Goei

    President, Altice NV
    Chairman & CEO, Altice USA

  • Alfred Liggins, III

    President & CEO, Radio One
    Chairman & CEO, TV One

  • Ken Lowe

    Chairman, President & CEO
    Scripps Networks Interactive

  • John K. Martin

    Chairman & CEO

  • Pat McAdaragh

    President & CEO

  • Peter Rice

    Chairman & CEO
    Fox Networks Group

  • Joshua Sapan

    President & CEO
    AMC Networks

  • Gary Shorman

    President & CEO
    Eagle Communications

  • Richard Sjoberg

    President & CEO
    Sjoberg’s, Inc.

  • Robert J. Stanzione

    Executive Chairman

  • David M. Zaslav

    President & CEO
    Discovery Communications



Dr. Porter oversees day-to-day management of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, including the allocation of Foundation funds in support of cable industry diversity efforts and development of an industry-wide supplier diversity initiative.

Dr. Porter served as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Howard University School of Business from 2003-2006; and as an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School and faculty director as well as co-creator of the UCLA African American Leadership Institute.

At UCLA, Dr. Porter helped develop the Executive Leadership Development Program of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), which in recent years has provided leadership training at the Anderson School to hundreds of NAMIC members and cable executives of color.


As the Deputy Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, Michelle Ray is charged with helping to develop and implement the Foundation’s strategic direction, initiatives and programmatic activities. As Deputy Executive Direction, she collaborates with other national organizations that advocate for the social and economic interests of women and ethnic minorities and connects them with the industry’s member companies.

Ms. Ray is also part of the senior team which develops and manages the process for the distribution of grants to the industry’s diversity organizations and collaborates with these organizations to refine and improve cable industry diversity programs and initiatives. Ms. Ray also has oversight of the industry’s supplier diversity initiative.

Ms. Ray is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. Ms. Ray is also a 2015 graduate of WICT’s prestigious Betsy Magness Leadership Institute – Class 31; a 2010 graduate of NAMIC’s highly respected Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and a 2002 graduate of CTAM’s Executive Management Program at Harvard University School of Business.