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.

Jeff Shell

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Chairman of the BoardJeff Shell is chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment.

Matt Armstrong

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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 IAC Committee.

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 the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Nielsen, responsible for global public policy, privacy strategy, and corporate social responsibility.

Kenneth Weinstein

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Kenneth Weinstein is the President and CEO of the Hudson Institute. He serves as chair of the IAC Committee and as a member of the Advisory Committee.

John Forbes Kerry

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Ex officio board memberOn February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry became the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.


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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.