President & CEO
PBS SoCal President & CEO Andrew Russell is a 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, and 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. Today PBS SoCal is the third-most-watched PBS station in the country, and has the highest ratings of all Southern California public television stations.
A California native, Russell holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. He 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.