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Under IRS rules, RFE/RL, Inc. is a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c) 3 corporation. Chartered in Delaware, it receives federal grants as a private grantee. RFE/RL maintains a corporate office in Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Shell was named Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group in September of 2013. He served as Chairman of NBC Universal International from 2011-2013 and as President of Comcast Programming Group from 2005 to 2011. Chairman Shell was appointed to the BBG in August 2013. [
Matthew C. Armstrong is an author, speaker, and strategist on issues related to public diplomacy. In 2011, he served as executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Governor Armstrong was appointed to the BBG in August 2013. [READ MORE
Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University -- a position from which he had taken a leave of absence to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. Ambassador Crocker was appointed to the BBG in August 2013. [READ MORE
John Forbes Kerry
On February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry became the 68th Secretary of State of the United States. Previously, Mr. Kerry served 28 years in the United States Senate, with the last four as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Secretary Kerry serves on the BBG ex officio
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Susan McCue is President of Message Global, a strategic advocacy firm she founded in 2008 for social action campaigns. She was the founding President and CEO of The ONE Campaign to combat extreme global poverty and was Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from 1999 to 2006. Governor McCue was appointed to the BBG in July 2010. [READ MORE
Michael P. Meehan
Michael P. Meehan currently serves as Co-Founder and CEO of Venn² Communications. He also served as the first President of BGR Public Relations, LLC. For over two decades, Meehan served in senior roles for U.S. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, two presidential campaigns, two U.S. House offices and congressional campaigns in 25 states. Governor Meehan waas appointted to the BBG in July 2010. [READ MORE
Kenneth Weinstein has been President and CEO of Hudson Institute since 2011. Since joining Hudson Institute in 1999, he has held several other positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Fellow, and Director of the Washington Office. Governor Weinstein was apointed to the BBG in October 2013. [READ MORE
In addition to providing general oversight, the BBG serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of all civilian U.S. international broadacasters, including Voice of America, Radio and TV Marti and the non-profit corporations that are BBG grantees: Radio Free Asia, RFE/RL and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra, Radio Sawa).