The Board

Board Members

The Board is composed of nine members with expertise in the fields of mass communications, broadcast media, or international affairs. Eight members are appointment by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The ninth, the Secretary of State, serves ex officio.

ShellJeffrey Shell

Jeff Shell is the chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors and chairs the BBG’s Advisory Committee and Special Committee on the Creation of a Chief Executive Officer. He also chairs the boards of directors for the BBG’s grantee networks. Read More

ArmstrongMatthew Armstrong

Matthew Armstrong serves as the chair of the Special Committee on the Voice of America in the 21st Century and is a member of the Advisory Committee and the Special Committee on the Creation of a Chief Executive Officer. Read More

CrockerAmbassador Ryan Crocker

Ryan Crocker served as a member of the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting. Read More

KerryJohn Forbes Kerry

On February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry became the 68th Secretary of State of the United States. Read More

MeehanMichael P. Meehan

Michael Meehan serves as a member of the Advisory Committee and was also on the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting. Read More

WeinsteinKenneth Weinstein

Kenneth Weinstein serves as a member of the Advisory Committee, the Special Committee on the Creation on a Chief Executive Officer and was  on the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting. Read More

Board Meetings

The board meets regularly throughout the year to discuss the agency’s performance, review agency policies and strategic direction and receive reports from IBB and entity leadership. Board meetings are generally open to the public and available for viewing via live-stream and online video. Below are the most recent recordings. A complete list of previous meetings is available here.

  • Previous Board Meetings


    Click here for a complete list of previous board meetings including on-demand video and documents.

  • Board Meetings

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  • Board Committees

    On October 23, 2013, the BBG changed its committee structure.

    Advisory Committee
    The Advisory Committee members include Governor Jeff Shell (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Matthew Armstrong, Governor Michael Meehan and Governor Kenneth Weinstein.

    Special Committee on the Creation of a Chief Executive Officer
    The CEO Committee members include Governor Jeffrey Shell (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Matthew Armstrong and Governor Kenneth Weinstein.

    Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting
    The Shortwave Committee members include Governor Matthew Armstrong (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Michael Meehan, Governor Kenneth Weinstein and Governor Ryan Crocker. On August 1, 2014, the committee issued its report, To Be Where the Audience Is; The Future of Shortwave. The committee was dissolved on August 13, 2014.

  • Former Governors

    Some of the nation's top leaders in international media and public diplomacy have served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Click here to read more about this distinguished group.
  • Board By-Laws

    The Broadcasting Board of Governors adopted these By-Laws to govern the conduct of the BBG business pursuant to the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994, as amended (22 U.S.C. §6201, et seq.).
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