About the Walter Kaitz Foundation

Our Mission

The Walter Kaitz Foundation stands at the center of the telecommunications industry’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion and seeks to advance the contributions of women and multi-ethnic professionals. 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 three distinct areas – its workforce, its programs 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.


Michelle A Ray, Executive Director

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

Ms. Ray works collaboratively 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 to further diversity and inclusion goals.

Ms. Ray is primarily responsible for developing and managing the process for the distribution of grants to the industry’s three diversity organizations and collaborates with these organizations to refine and improve the industry’s diversity programs and initiatives.

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.