About the Walter Kaitz Foundation

Our Mission

As the entertainment and telecommunication industry’s leading national foundation dedicated to advocacy around diversity, equity and inclusion, the Walter Kaitz Foundation provides resources and significant funding to key organizations that support vital programs and initiatives that furthers diversity’s impact. The foundation was initially established in 1980 as a non-for-profit with the purpose of advancing the contributions of women and ethnic minorities in cable telecommunications and today serves the broad embrace of diversity and inclusion across the entire industry.


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.

  • Patrick Esser

    Cox Communications, Inc.

  • Dave Watson

    President & CEO, Comcast Cable
    Senior EVP, Comcast Corporation

  • Gary Shorman

    President & CEO
    Eagle Communications

  • Robert Bakish

    President & CEO
    Viacom, Inc.

  • Michael K. Powell

    President & CEO

  • Thomas M. Rutledge

    Chairman & CEO
    Charter Communications

  • Paul Buccieri

    A+E Networks

  • Charlie Collier

    Fox Entertainment

  • Frank M. Drendel

    CommScope Holding Company, Inc.

  • Ronald Duncan

    CEO & Co-Founder
    General Communication, Inc.

  • John D. Evans

    Chairman & CEO
    Evans Telecommunications Company

  • Sandy Howe

    Executive Vice President & President
    Americas at Technetix

  • Alfred Liggins, III

    Urban One

  • Pat McAdaragh

    President & CEO

  • David Nevins

    Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks
    Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corp.

  • John Pascarelli

    Executive Vice President, Operations
    Mediacom Communications Corp.

  • James Pitaro

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

  • Joshua Sapan

    President & CEO
    AMC Networks

  • Richard Sjoberg

    President & CEO
    Sjoberg’s, Inc.

  • John Stankey

    Warner Media

  • David M. Zaslav

    President & CEO
    Discovery, Inc.


Michelle A. Ray, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, Michelle Ray is responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation’s strategic direction, initiatives and programmatic activities.

Ms. Ray 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.

Ms. Ray works collaboratively with national organizations that advocate for the social and economic interests of women and ethnic minorities and connects them with the industry’s member companies to further diversity and inclusion goals.

Ms. Ray 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

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