Board

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.

Dave Watson
CHAIRMAN
President & CEO, Comcast Cable and Senior EVP, Comcast Corporation
Pat McAdaragh
VICE CHAIRMAN
President & CEO, Midco
Thomas M. Rutledge
TREASURER
Chairman & CEO, Charter Communications
Bob Bakish
SECRETARY
President & CEO, ViacomCBS, Inc.
Patrick Esser
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN
President, Cox Communications, Inc.
Michael K. Powell
EX-OFFICIO MEMBER
President & CEO, NCTA
Paul Buccieri
President, A+E Networks Group
Charlie Collier
CEO, Fox Entertainment
Frank M. Drendel
Chairman, CommScope Holding Company, Inc.
Ronald Duncan
CEO & Co-Founder, General Communication, Inc.
John D. Evans
Chairman & CEO, Evans Telecommunications Company
Sandra Howe
Executive Vice President & President, Americas Technetix, Inc.
Jason Kilar
CEO, WarnerMedia
Alfred Liggins, III
CEO, Urban One
David Nevins
Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks
Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation
John Pascarelli
Executive Vice President, Operations, Mediacom Communications Corporation
James Pitaro
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
President, ESPN
Joshua Sapan
President & CEO, AMC Networks
Richard Sjoberg
President & CEO, Sjoberg’s, Inc.
Phil Spencer
CEO, Vyve Broadband
David M. Zaslav
President & CEO, Discovery, Inc.

Staff

Michelle A. Ray, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to providing opportunities for people of color, women and the LGBT+ community in the cable, media and entertainment industries, Michelle Ray is responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation’s strategic direction, initiatives and programmatic activities.

Michelle provides oversight and management of the Foundation’s distribution of targeted grants to the industry’s key diversity organizations and collaborates with these organizations to refine and advance diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives that impacts the media and telecommunications industry. Additionally, she works collaboratively with national organizations that advocate for the social and economic interests of women, ethnic minorities and the LGBT+ communities and connects them with the industry’s member companies to further diversity and inclusion goals.

Michelle successfully developed the Foundation’s decade-old Hollywood Creative Forum, the first program of its kind uniting the efforts of the television industry, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences designed to match credentialed content creators of color with networks, studios and production companies serving the industry.

Michelle is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science. She 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 (ELDP) at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and a 2002 graduate of CTAM’s Executive Management Program at Harvard University School of Business.

Jennifer Berger, Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives

Jackie Szmaja, Senior Marketing Manager

As Senior Marketing Manager, Jackie Szmaja is responsible for the coordinated management of the Foundations marketing assets. Creating and curating content that supports the organization’s goals, brand objectives and online strategy.

Ms. Szmaja maintains the Foundations website, social media assets, e-news, and advertising channels in addition to being the primary contact for vendor and partner marketing relationships.

Ms. Szmaja has extensive marketing experience with national associations, non-profits and media organizations.  A graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing as well as a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

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