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NFCB Leadership 2017-05-16T01:36:57+00:00

NFCB LEADERSHIP

SONYA GREEN

BOARD PRESIDENT

News and Public Affairs Director at 91.3 KBCS at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA, with 20 years of television and radio broadcast experience from North Carolina, Virginia/DC, Colorado and Washington. Green’s work has been recognized with the Colorado Association of Black Journalist Scribe Award and an Emmy nomination.

LACKISHA FREEMAN

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

General Manager at 90.7 WNCU in Durham, NC, a mainstream, jazz radio station licensed by North Carolina Central University. She has worked in the public radio industry for almost 14 years. Freeman previously served on the advisory board for NFCB’s African American Public Radio Project.

JULIA KUMARI DRAPKIN

BOARD MEMBER

Executive Producer and creator of iSeeChange, an environmental reporting project combining citizen science, participatory public media and satellite and sensor monitoring of environmental conditions. Drapkin has extensive newsroom experience spanning public radio, television and print.

MARCELLUS SHEPARD

BOARD MEMBER

Program and Music Director at WEAA Baltimore, the third American public radio station in the country. He has been an on-air radio personality in commercial and public radio for the last twenty years, and is co-host of the nationally syndicated Cool Jazz Countdown.

JENNI MONET

BOARD MEMBER

An award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Born and partly raised on the Laguna Pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico, Jenni’s career has spanned various roles in commercial and public radio/television, print and digital media, including CBS News, CNN, Public Radio International and Al Jazeera.

COLIN ANDREWS

BOARD MEMBER

Colin Andrews joined the NFCB board in May of 2016 and is also an Attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer. His practice focuses on representing both commercial and non-commercial radio and television companies before the FCC.  He has experience on advising broadcasters on compliance with FCC regulatory requirements, including working on pleadings for FCC administrative proceedings, responding to Letters of Inquiry, responding to EEO audits, and drafting comments on proposed Commission rulemakings.

ADRIANA GALLARDO

BOARD MEMBER

Adriana Gallardo is an engagement reporter at ProPublica based in New York City. As the network manager for AIR’s Localore: Finding America, she led a national series of 15 multimedia and community projects. Before joining AIR, she travelled the country as a facilitator with the StoryCorps booth, collecting more than 400 local stories. In her hometown Chicago, she spent over a decade working as a print writer, online editor (Remezcla.com) and radio producer.

NATHAN MOORE

BOARD MEMBER

Nathan Moore is the General Manager at WTJU at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Nathan has worked in college and community radio for more than half his life, including Pacifica, Free Speech Radio News and WORT (Madison, WI). In 2013, he launched UVA’s student-run station WXTJ, WTJU’s low power sister station where he serves as staff adviser. He is also developing TEEJ, a Charlottesville/UVA-based podcast network.

NFCB STAFF

SALLY KANE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Sally Kane has worked in community media for 15 years but she got her start a couple decades before that when she volunteered at the community station her parents helped found. After college, Kane returned to rural life as a small business owner, community leader, and licensed maternal health care provider. She continued to volunteer for her local community station and went on to serve as Station Manager, General Manager, and eventually Executive Director. During her tenure, she led a successful capital campaign, started a local news department, expanded membership, and increased revenue. A trained facilitator and nonprofit management consultant, Kane joined NFCB as CEO in 2014. Her passion for excellent local media, compelling performance art, and meaningful service inspires her to work diligently to ensure that community stations are an integral part of the public media system and that they are essential institutions in the many communities they serve.

BEVERLY HACKER

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

A former NFCB board member and board president, Hacker has served the federation in various operations and technical capacities, including its conversion from legacy systems to the Salesforce platform; conference planning and administration; and development of its overall digital proficiency. Hacker previously served as executive director of KDHX in St. Louis following a career in public accounting and management consulting.

ERNESTO AGUILAR

MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Ernesto Aguilar discovered community radio on accident as a teenager. That brush with media informed a career in journalism rooted in creating opportunities for all Americans. As a journalist, author, podcaster, public speaker, radio host and web developer, Aguilar’s work has focused on democracy, inclusion and engagement. Before joining NFCB, Aguilar served radio station KPFT as program director for more than 11 years, counting youth radio, early adoption of social media, an HD Radio parallel programming grid compliment to a renowned FM schedule, and a complete website relaunch among his credits. Before that, he served as KPFT’s co-director of its news department, moving the newscast to an award-winning daily half-hour. Aguilar now manages member station relations for NFCB, which he joined in 2016. In the role, he helps stations bring out the best in local fundraising, programming and operations, doing everything from offering compliance guidance to assisting with on-air pledge drives. From the transformative experience with community radio as a youth to being recognized in 2006 by BravoHouston as one of Houston’s Latino cultural leaders to watch to his work today, Aguilar’s endeavors are devoted to the important role that media plays in changing lives and the hope it offers communities of color. Aguilar holds a degree in journalism, with minors in sociology and Women’s Studies, as well as a Management and Leadership Certification from the University of Houston.

GRETCHEN ASTON-PUCKETT

PROGRAM and RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Gretchen Aston-Puckett joined NFCB’s staff in 2016, after serving as Development and Membership Director at community radio station KVNF in Paonia, Colorado. Previously, she served for nearly a decade as Development Director at High Country News, a non-profit media organization that reports on the American West’s natural and human communities.