CHAIR: LISA SHUMATE
Lisa Trapani Shumate was appointed Associate Vice President (UH System) & General Manager, Houston Public Media (UH) in 2011, with dual roles of responsibility including serving as Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation. Lisa is responsible for raising funds for and managing an operational budget of $23 million, as well as strategically positioning the following top-ranked nationally renowned media assets: TV 8, the first educational television station, KUHF News 88.7, the largest news radio audience in Texas, and 88.7 HD-2, a high definition radio devoted to classical programming.
A proven media executive with a track record encompassing more than 20 years of top 7 market-leading performance, her experience spans all aspects of multi-media leadership vision, including surpassing sales and capital funding projections on a year-over-year basis, building key alliances, developing new revenue streams of support, as well as increasing target audience growth and digital metrics performance of effective content management across all media platforms.
Her business strengths are knowledge of efficiencies surrounding mergers and effective change management methodology, execution and actionable metrics. Prior to joining the University, she held successive roles of executive leadership at KHOU-TV (TEGNA), BELO Corporation (TEGNA) and KTRK-TV (Disney/ABC) in both Houston and Dallas.
Through her collaborative partnerships with federal, state and local agencies, peer affiliate organizations and the corporate sector, Houston Public Media has become a national public safety leader supporting first responders on a national scale with vital communications assets through innovative life-saving datacasting technology.
Appointed to the national PBS Board of Directors in 2015, she currently serves as Vice Chair. She is also a member of the PBS Foundation Board and serves on its Endowment Fund Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Executive Women's Partnership affiliate of the Greater Houston Partnership, and is the Chair of the Public Television Major Market Group Board of Directors.
Honored with the 2018 Award for Public Service by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she is a long-time ambassador and community advocate and has been honored as the recipient of national and regional awards for community service, including a recipient of the Media Alliance of Houston Star Award TV Market Manager (2017-2019), America’s Public Television Stations Pillar of Broadcasting Award (2017), Secured Cities Innovation Award (2015), American Marketing Association’s Crystal Award(2014, 2016), Lone Star Regional Emmy (2010), Leadership Houston Community Award (2009), Lone Star Emmy Public Affairs (2002) and the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award (1998).
She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston-Bauer College of Business, graduating cum laude, and participated in an International Business Residency in China. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Arts degree in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
PAST CHAIR: JON ABBOTT
WGBH, Boston, MA
Jon Abbott is President and CEO of WGBH. Abbott has transformed WGBH’s media services and outreach on TV, radio, the internet and mobile platforms both locally and nationally. Abbott provides PBS’ New England area with some of the nation’s best educational programming. Working closely with Thirteen/WNET and American Public Television, Abbott helped launch two national digital channels: Create (lifestyle programming) and World (nonfiction documentations celebrating diverse voices). He also worked with PBS to spearhead the launch of PBS’ LearningMedia. Abbott played a key role in creating the Contributor Development Partnership (CDP), which identifies and shares the best practices for building member support and established the first-ever national database tracking practices and performances. Prior to working at WGBH, Abbott served as Senior Vice President of Development and Corporate Relations at PBS for six years, and spent five years in senior management with San Francisco public media station, KQED. Abbott also serves on various media boards, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
VICE CHAIR: ROB DUNLOP
KCTS 9, Seattle, WA
Rob Dunlop serves as President and CEO of Cascade Public Media, serving communities throughout western and central Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. Since joining Cascade in September 2013, Dunlop has been focused on redefining the organization's mission, strategy, resources, and community impact. Prior to joining CPM, Dunlop served in a variety of roles for more than 22 years with Fisher Communications Inc. in Seattle, a multi-platform media company operating television, radio, and digital media properties throughout the Western United States. Prior to its sale, Dunlop was Executive Vice President of Fisher and responsible for driving operating results, strategy and technology. In his other capacities at Fisher, Dunlop served as Vice President of Developing Media and Vice President of its radio properties. He began his media career as a radio host, moved into radio programming and television production, and later in media research and consulting.Dunlop received his BA in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and later an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
KVIE, Sacramento, CA
As President and General Manager of KVIE, David Lowe is responsible for the strategic direction and management of KVIE, the PBS station serving the nation's 20th largest television market. Lowe joined the station in 2001 as Vice President of Marketing and assumed the role of Vice President of Marketing & Development in 2002. His prior experience includes marketing positions with a Fortune 500 company, a publicly traded software company and a venture capital backed software start-up. He has served as President of the California Public Television association and on the national PBS Digital Advisory Council, PBS Development Advisory Committee and the PBS Communications Advisory Committee. Lowe was named in the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Sacramento Magazine’s Power & Influence 100.
RMPBS, Denver, CO
Amanda Mountain grew up a military brat and has called Colorado home off-and-on since 1992. She is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Denver in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Change Management. She is the first female CEO in Rocky Mountain Public Media history, and is the youngest CEO of a major market public media station in the country. She has nearly 20 years of media experience, most notably with Freedom Communications, where she was named one of the top 20 Newspaper executives in the country by Presstime Magazine, and Viacom, where she helped pioneered cross-platform marketing strategies under the leadership of Mel Karmazin. She joined Rocky Mountain PBS in 2010 as general manager of the Southern Colorado station and stepped into the role of President and CEO in 2017 where she is now leading the mission to strengthen the civic fabric of Colorado through public media and to build a new $40 million Buell Public Media Center to increase innovation, engagement and collaboration across nonprofit media.
PBS SoCal, Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Russell serves as President and CEO of PBS SoCal. Russell is 25-year veteran of public broadcasting, having held senior executive leadership positions at both PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Russell joined PBS SoCal as COO in 2013. He played a key role in building PBS SoCal as it grew into the role of flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California following KCET’s departure from PBS. Named CEO in 2015, Russell has driven rapid growth in the station’s membership and revenues, increased PBS SoCal’s content distribution and forged new partnerships with major Southern California arts and cultural institutions. Russell serves on the Leadership Council for the Music Center, the Board of the Los Angeles City Club, and is a Member of the CEO Roundtable at UC Irvine.
WNET, New York, NY
Neal Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 35-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media. As CEO of WNET, he oversees the operations of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV.
Since arriving at WNET in 2007, Shapiro has revitalized programming for all three stations, nearly doubling arts and culture offerings, emphasizing local programming and community engagement; setting new fundraising records and inaugurating two new, all-glass studios—The Tisch WNET Studio at Lincoln Center and the Agnes Varis Studio in Newark, New Jersey.
In 2018, Shapiro brought a new late-night program to PBS in partnership with CNN. “Amanpour & Company” features internationally renowned anchor Christiane Amanpour with four contributors: Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Hari Sreenivasan and Alicia Mendendez.
Shapiro also introduced a pioneering new content sharing initiative—“Wavelength”—that allows PBS stations to upload and download content, expanding arts, technology and other local programming for PBS stations around the country.
Before joining WNET, Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs, including Today, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, as well as Dateline NBC.
Prior to working at NBC, Shapiro spent 13 years at ABC News. He has won numerous awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards.
Shapiro serves on the Boards of PBS, TEGNA, American Documentary (AMDOC), the Institute for Non-profit News (INN), the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and The Edward R. Murrow Center.
DEANNA MARTIN MACKEY
President/Executive Director, PTMMG
Deanna Mackey is the PTMMG’s first full-time leader. In her role as President/Executive Director, Mackey focuses her time on multi-station projects, communications on behalf of the stations and national leadership activities. Prior to joining the PTMMG, Mackey worked for 25 years at KPBS, San Diego’s public media station. She served as Station Manager/COO in her final six years at the station. During her career at KPBS, Mackey worked in management roles in editorial, communications, fundraising and digital departments. She is credited with spearheading KPBS.org as a third content platform; creating and implementing KPBS’ converged newsroom, a model for the system; developing the industry’s first One Book program run by a public media station; and establishing the station’s strategic planning process. Mackey currently serves on the PBS Digital Media Advisory Counsel (DMAC) and formerly chaired the Integrated Media Association (IMA), the industry’s first organization focused on digital media. In 2015, Mackey co-founded the Public Media Women in Leadership Group, which provides mentorship and training for women as well as addressing issues of gender inequality in the executive ranks of public television and radio.
In 2014 Mackey was named a YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) honoree for her work mentoring women at KPBS and via the Girl Scouts. She was named Outstanding Alumnus from SDSU’s Daily Aztec newspaper in the same year and in 2010 was named one of five “Women who Move the City” by San Diego Magazine.
Media Management Assistant, PTMMG
Anamia Monge is the newest member to join the Public Television Major Market Group. Monge graduated in May 2017 from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Journalism-Media Studies and a minor in Geological Sciences. Monge plans to further her career goals as a multimedia content producer who merges journalism and science into one to create powerful media projects. Such projects that raise awareness on some of the most critical marine and environmental issues of our time. Monge has hosted a weekly, hour-long radio show at KCR College Radio, volunteered as a director/producer/instructor for recreational classes at the Aztec Recreation Center, was a student advisor for the School of Journalism and Media Studies at SDSU and was a science advocate/instructor assistant at Ocean Discovery Institute.