Advisory Boards

PBS SoCal benefits from the counsel of community and business leaders committed to the PBS mission, and to strengthening our community.

Community Advisory Board

KCET and PBS SoCal’s community engagement efforts with its viewers and supporters would not be possible without the help of the Community Advisory Board (CAB). This active group of volunteer leaders is the station’s eyes and ears of the community and plays an integral part of the planning and implementation of many the stations’ outreach programs.

Their function, as mandated by Congress in 1979, is to advise the governing body of KCET & PBS SoCal with respect to whether the programming and other policies are meeting the special educational and cultural needs of the various communities served by the station.

Regular membership consists of 35 members and reflects the diversity, needs and interests of KCET’s and PBS SOCAL’s viewership.

The Community Advisory Board members represent diverse constituencies that are engaged with a wide array of issues such as aging/senior citizens, cultural diversity, disabilities, culture and the arts, LGBTQ rights, economy, family, health/medical services, media services, substance abuse, science/technology, youth, and education/schools.

The CAB meets quarterly on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at both the KCET Burbank and PBS SoCal Costa Mesa offices. In the interim, CAB members serve on auxiliary committees that meet outside of regular meetings to provide more focus on key CAB initiatives including the annual Local Heroes nominations and awards.

Community Advisory Board Members

CO-CHAIRS
Jason Lacsamana
Jonathan Strum

MEMBERS
Ishraq Mir Ali
Ruben Aronin
Sonia Bautista
Kathleen Davis Bowman
Ken Chan
Albert Chang
Nichole Curtis
Laarni Rosca Dacanay
Lauren Deutsch
Stephen Einstein
Sue Fractman
Todd Frandsen
Robert Gaskill
Asher Gellis
Charmaine Jefferson
Alexander Kim
Bobby Kobara
Carol Kwan
Jan Lansing
Karen Mack
Azucena Maldonado
Lori Margaret
Michael Mata
Dan McCrory
Marium Mohiuddin
Steven Muro
Marco Perez
Gary Phillips
Tim Ramos
Marcellous Reed
Darick Simpson
Carrie Slayback
Bonnie Williams

Community Councils

The driving force behind our community outreach efforts, these individuals help us identify and develop new ways to serve our community, and assist us in establishing the new partnerships necessary to achieve our mission.