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.

  • Patrick Esser

    Cox Communications, Inc.

  • Dave Watson

    President & CEO, Comcast Cable
    EVP, Comcast Corporation

  • Gary Shorman

    President & CEO
    Eagle Communications

  • Robert Bakish

    Predident & CEO
    Viacom, Inc.

  • Michael K. Powell

    President & CEO

  • Jeffrey S. DeMond

    President & CEO
    Vyve Broadband

  • Frank M. Drendel

    CommScope Holding Company, Inc.

  • 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.

  • James Pitaro

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

  • Abbe Raven

    Acting Chairman
    A+E Networks

  • Peter Rice

    President, 21st Century Fox
    Chairman & CEO, Fox Networks Group

  • Thomas M. Rutledge

    Chairman & CEO
    Charter Communications

  • Joshua Sapan

    President & CEO
    AMC Networks

  • Richard Sjoberg

    President & CEO
    Sjoberg’s, Inc.

  • Robert J. Stanzione

    Executive Chairman

  • David M. Zaslav

    President & CEO
    Discovery, Inc.


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. As Acting Executive Director, 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 responsible for the oversight and 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 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.