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.

Patrick Esser
President
Cox Communications, Inc.
Dave Watson
President & CEO, Comcast Cable
Senior EVP, Comcast Corporation
Robert Bakish
President & CEO
ViacomCBS, Inc.
Michael K. Powell
President & CEO
NCTA
Thomas M. Rutledge
Chairman & CEO
Charter Communications
Paul Buccieri
President
A+E Networks
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
Sandy Howe
Executive Vice President & President
Americas at Technetix
Alfred Liggins, III
CEO
Urban One
Pat McAdaragh
President & CEO
Midco
David Nevins
Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks
Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation
John Pascarelli
Executive Vice President, Operations
Mediacom Communications Corporation
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
CEO
Warner Media
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

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