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.

  • Dave Watson

    President & CEO, Comcast Cable
    EVP, Comcast Corporation

  • Michael K. Powell

    President & CEO

  • Robert Bakish

    Predident & CEO
    Viacom, Inc.

  • 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

    CEO, Altice NV
    Chairman & CEO, Altice USA

  • Alfred Liggins, III

    CEO, Urban One

  • John K. Martin

    Chairman & CEO

  • Pat McAdaragh

    President & CEO

  • David Nevins

    President & CEO
    Showtime Networks, Inc.

  • John Pascarelli

    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Mediacom Communications Corp.

  • Peter Rice

    President, 21st Century Fox
    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, Inc.



David Porter has served as Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation since 2006. He oversees the day-to-day management of the Foundation, which is a leading advocate for diversity in the media and entertainment industries. He also manages the allocation of Foundation funds in support of organizations and programs, which champion industry-wide diversity initiatives. Finally, he provides oversight of the Foundation’s programs including the Hollywood Creative Forum and the Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner.

Previously, he served as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Howard University School of Business and as an Assistant Professor at the Anderson School at UCLA. While at UCLA, Dr. Porter was the co-creator of 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 Darden School at the University of Virginia to hundreds of NAMIC members and cable executives of color.

Dr. Porter’s research has focused on the psychological and sociological underpinnings of unconscious bias and their impact on race and gender issues in the workplace. His research suggests that managers’ perceptions of their subordinates are affected by the composition of the work group of which they are a part and by individual differences such as race and gender.

Dr. Porter holds five college degrees: a PhD in organizational behavior and a Masters Degree in Sociology from Harvard; as well as a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering, a Masters Degree in Sociology, and a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering, all from Stanford University.


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.