LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 12, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of PBS SoCal – the flagship PBS station for Southern California – named Jamie Annunzio Myers Chief Operating Officer, responsible for daily operations and strategic direction across all aspects of the organization. Myers served as interim COO for one year before the official appointment during which time she developed new lines of business and evolved key departments – ultimately strengthening the foundation needed to expand a growth company. Myers reports to public media industry veteran Andrew Russell, who was appointed President and CEO in April, 2015.
“Jamie’s accomplishments at PBS SoCal have been transformational for our organization,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal. “She knows our community. She knows our organization. And she’s a dynamic leader who knows how to scale our organization into a PBS station of national acclaim.”
Myers joined PBS SoCal in 2009 as Director of Education. She launched PBS SoCal’s Ready to Learn and American Graduate initiatives, earning the organization national recognition for its work to reach and provide support to low-income families in Southern California. Her role expanded to include community engagement and, as Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, she built PBS SoCal’s presence in the community. Myers created and nurtured important local and regional partnerships, developed best practices, and expanded the breadth and depth of the organization’s educational and cultural grassroots outreach across Southern California.
Myers has more than ten years of classroom and school district experience at Chicago Public Schools and ABC Unified in southeastern L.A. County. She serves on the PBS KIDS Leadership Committee and on the boards of multiple local organizations. She is also a Director of the California Student Media Festival – the oldest student media festival in the country. Myers holds master’s degrees in education technology and educational administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and is certified by the National Board in Technology Education.
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PBS SoCal KOCE is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels– PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World. It is also available anytime, anywhere at pbssocal.org, on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Learn more at pbssocal.org and follow PBS SoCal on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.