Walter Kaitz was a Russian immigrant who deeply believed in the American dream – all things are possible if we work hard and have an equal chance.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Harvard, and serving in the U.S. Army, Walter received his law degree from the University of California.
He first made his mark in the California State Legislature and then went on to lead the California Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA). Walter understood that in order to thrive, the cable industry needed to cultivate management teams reflecting an increasingly diverse U.S. population.
He died in 1979 before his dream of full inclusion was fully realized, but his vision for an industry that embraced diversity continues to influence later generations of cable industry leaders, and remains central to the mission of the Foundation that bears his name.
In 1981, thanks to the generous financial contributions made possible by the late Walter Kaitz, the Walter Kaitz Foundation became the first of its kind in the media industry – a non-profit organization devoted to providing recruitment opportunities for people of color in the cable industry. Since 1981, the Foundation has supported the people and programs that make diversity in the cable industry a priority. We grow and evolve with the cable industry, changing our programs to meet the needs of cable’s changing landscape.