Leadership

NFCB Board of Directors

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Sonya Green Board President

Sonya Green is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and media educator. Green joined the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. as Engagement Reporter. Prior to joining the CCJ team, Green had the honor of being selected for the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship class of 2017. She has more than 20 years of broadcast experience in public and commercial media.

Nathan Moore Board Treasurer

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 Free Speech Radio News and WORT (Madison, WI). He launched UVA’s student-run station WXTJ, WTJU’s low power sister station where he serves as staff adviser, and TEEJ, a Charlottesville/UVA-based podcast network.

Ngoc-Tran Vu Board Member

Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese-American interdisciplinary artist and organizer whose socially engaged work draws from her experience as a community organizer, educator, and healer. She is currently the Deputy Director of AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) where she advocates and supports for independent producers in public media and mission-driven work.

Darrah Blackwater Board Member

Darrah Blackwater is from Farmington, New Mexico and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She has completed internships in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C., and under the Inspector General of the Department of Interior. She is today focusing her energy on the fight for spectrum sovereignty. Blackwater will graduate with her J.D. from the University of Arizona in May of 2020.

Colin Andrews Board Member

Colin Andrews joined the NFCB board in May of 2016 and is also an attorney who has represented non-commercial radio and television before the FCC. He has experience on advising broadcasters on compliance with regulatory requirements, including working on pleadings for administrative proceedings, responding to Letters of Inquiry, responding to EEO audits, and drafting comments on proposed rulemakings.

Sharon Maeda Board Member

Maeda has been involved in community radio and media advocacy for 40 years. She was station manager of KRAB-FM in Seattle, a former executive director of Pacifica Radio, a member of the early NFCB Steering Committee and the Public Radio Satellite Interconnection System Charitable Trust, where she continues to serve today. In 2017, Sharon came out of retirement to help get the LPFM in her neighborhood on the air.

Carl A’see Board Member

Carl A’see is the General Manager of Statement Media (WSSB, WOBS, and WPJK) at South Carolina State University. He also heads the training program at WSSB for students interested in radio broadcasting. Carl has broadcast experience in public and commercial radio, higher education and the non-profit sector.

Amanda Eichstaedt Board Member

Station Manager/Executive Director of KWMR, West Marin Community Radio in Point Reyes Station since 2010. Amanda holds a bachelor in University Studies from the University of New Mexico and a master in Human Resources Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

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.

NFCB Staff

Sally Kane Chief Executive Officer

Sally Kane is a successful nonprofit executive with twenty years of experience in the field of community radio. She is a trained facilitator, accomplished fundraiser, and impassioned public speaker. As NFCB’s CEO Ms. Kane led the organization through a comprehensive restructure and built a team that moved the organization into a new chapter that includes impactful national advocacy, industry thought leadership, customized station services, and innovative initiatives that transform community media organizations.

Gretchen Aston-Puckett Chief Operating Officer

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.

Ernesto Aguilar Program Director

Before joining NFCB, Aguilar served Houston community radio station KPFT as program director for more than 11 years. He previously served as KPFT’s co-director of its news department, launching a daily newscast. As a journalist, author, podcaster, public speaker, radio host and facilitator, Aguilar’s work has focused on democracy, inclusion and engagement.