Board & Staff


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

Neil Smit

President & CEO, Comcast Cable
EVP, Comcast Corporation

Michael K. Powell

President & CEO

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

Brian L. Roberts

Chairman & CEO
Comcast Corporation

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



David M. Porter, Jr., Ph.D.

Executive Director

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.

He also has held professional positions at Amoco, Pacific Bell, and Xerox, served as Treasurer of the National Society of Black Engineers and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies on diversity-related issues.


Michelle A. Ray

Deputy Executive Director

As the newly appointed 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. In her new role, Ms. Ray will act as an emissary for diversity issues in the cable industry by identifying and collaborating with other national organizations that advocate for the social and economic interests of women and ethnic minorities by connecting them with the industry’s member companies so that mutual benefits can be served.

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 and other groups to refine and improve cable industry diversity programs and initiatives.

Ms. Ray also has oversight of the industry’s supplier diversity initiative which seeks to increase the number of ethnic minorities and women who do business with the cable industry while assisting those companies who wish to establish a formal supplier diversity program. Ms. Ray has spent more than 20 years in the cable industry first at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) where she was responsible for the marketing of the association’s annual trade show both domestically and internationally.

Ms. Ray’s professional background is deeply rooted in production and event planning. She has produced several award shows including the cable industry’s famed CableACE Awards, the NCTA Vanguard Awards, the Community Spirit Awards among others. She is a member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM).

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 2010 graduate of NAMIC’s prestigious Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management in addition to having been hand-selected in 2002 to attend CTAM’s Executive Management Program at Harvard University School of Business.