The Board

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

Kenneth Weinstein

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Chairman of the BoardKenneth Weinstein is the President and CEO of the Hudson Institute. He previously served as the Director of the Government Reform Project at the Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Leon Aron

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Dr. Leon Aron is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a position he has held since 1993. He was a weekly Contributor at the Voice of America’s Russian language radio and television show Gliadya iz Ameriki (Looking from America) from 1990 to 2004.

Ryan Crocker

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Ryan Crocker serves as a member of the IAC Committee and served on the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting.

Michael Kempner

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Michael W. Kempner is the Founder, President, and CEO of MWW, a public relations firm he founded in 1986.

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh

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Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is a Senior Fellow for Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jeff Shell

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Jeff Shell is chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment.

Acting Secretary John J. Sullivan

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Ex officio board memberSecretary of State serves as ninth board member. John J. Sullivan became Acting United States Secretary of State on April 1, 2018.

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Heather Nauert

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs serves as the Secretary's representative on the Board. Heather Nauert became Acting Under Secretary on March 13, 2018.

Statements from the Board

Board Statement on the Prohibition of Harassment

In December 2017, the Board issued an agency-wide policy statement on the prohibition of harassment that reaffirmed its commitment to provide a work environment free from harassment or intimidation.

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