Laura G. Ross is the new chair of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, succeeding Bruce Ramer, its longest-serving chair.
Ross was elected unanimously to a one-year term, as was Rubydee Calvert to become vice chair.
Ross was appointed to the board by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2018. She has been vice chair since 2020.
She is a retired attorney who was chief of staff to New York’s state attorney general. She worked earlier at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Among her public service roles, Ross is a member of the Screening Panel for New York’s federal judiciary. In the past, she was a trustee of New York Public Media and a trustee of WNYC public radio for seven years. She has also been involved with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City; NYANA, a refugee resettlement agency; the Horace Mann School; the Citizens Budget Committee; and Turnaround for Children.
Calvert worked at Wyoming PBS from 1983 until her retirement in 2015. She was its general manager for eight years and president of the Wyoming PBS Foundation for 10 years. She has served on the boards of PBS, America’s Public Television Stations and the Wyoming State Board of Education, which she chaired for two years.
CPB was created by Congress in 1967 as a private, nonprofit corporation to act as “steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting.” It is a key funding source for public radio, television and related online and mobile services.
[Related: “CPB Honors Its Chair, Bruce Ramer”]