Community Advisory Board

KCET's community engagement efforts with its viewers and supporters would not be possible without the help of the Community Advisory Board (CAB). This active group of volunteer leaders is the station's eyes and ears of the community and play an integral part of the planning and implementation of many KCET outreach programs.

Their function, as mandated by Congress in 1979, is to advise the governing body of KCET with respect to whether the programming and other policies are meeting the special educational and cultural needs of the various communities served by the station.

Regular membership consists of 30 members and reflects the diversity, needs and interests of KCET's viewers. CAB members serve a six-year term, with new members joining annually. Because KCET has the largest geographic reach of any public media television station in California, the Community Advisory Board members represent diverse constituencies and a wide array of issues such as aging/senior citizens, cultural diversity, national commemorative heritage month initiatives, community services, culture and the arts, economy, family, health/medical services, media services, substance abuse, science/technology, youth, and education/schools.

The CAB meets quarterly on Wednesdays, at 5:30 pm at KCET.

Community Advisory Board Members

Richard Zaldivar
Chair, Community Advisory Board
President & Founder
The Wall Las Memorias Project
Representing community services, cultural diversity, ethnic/minority groups, Hispanic Heritage Month, substance abuse/addiction, HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues

Brenda Forbes
Vice-Chair, Community Advisory Board
Veteran and Community Activist
Representing military/veterans/war, education/schools and family issues

Antonio Brown
Representing abortion, animal abuse, Black History Month, civil rights, community government, cultural diversity, culture and the arts, education/schools, ethics/morality, ethnic/minority groups, Gay Pride Month, government, justice/courts, legal issues, minorities/civil rights, and sexuality

Lauren Deutsch
Pacific Rim Arts
Representing culture and the arts, environment, media services, water quality/supply, women, and youth

John Esaki
Director of Programs
Japanese American National Museum
Representing Asian Pacific Heritage Month, culture and the arts, and education/schools

Marco A. Jimenez
Community Liaison Officer
Los Angeles Police Department
Representing crime prevention, ethnic/minority groups, gangs/vandalism, law enforcement, and youth

Carol Kwan
West Basin Municipal Water District
Representing aging/senior citizens, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, community government, cultural diversity, education/schools, environment, government, immigrants, media services, water quality/supply and Gay Pride Month

Robert Lewis
Program Officer
California Community Foundation
cultural diversity, education/schools, ethnic/minority groups, family, gangs/vandalism, recreation/leisure sports and youth

Michelle Lin, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Representing children's services and legal issues

Joan Mace
Professor of Art History
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Representing abortion, civil rights, community services, consumerism, cultural diversity, culture and the arts, education/schools, Hispanic Heritage Month, homelessness, hunger, international affairs, minorities/civil rights, poverty/welfare, sexuality, LGBT issues, women and youth

Nobuko Miyamoto
Founder & Artistic Director
Great Leap
Representing cultural diversity, culture and the arts, and environment

Diane Poon
Director of Human Resources
Goodwill Southern California
Representing aging/senior citizens, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, charities/volunteers, community services, cultural diversity, culture and the arts, disability/impairment, environment, ethnic/minority groups, health/medical services, immigrants, natural/manmade disasters, women, and youth

Ralph Schub
Retired Attorney
Representing aging/senior citizens, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Black History Month, civil rights, community services, consumerism, crime/crime prevention, disabilities/impairments, ethnic/minority issues, health/medical services, Hispanic Heritage Month, law enforcement, legal issues, military/veterans/war, Native American Heritage Month, natural/manmade disasters, women, youth

Jonathan Strum
Long Beach Jewish Life
Representing religion

Bonnie Williams
Advertising Executive
Time Warner Cable Media
Representing Black History Month and youth

Annie Yee
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dance Specialties
East Los Angeles College
Representing Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and culture and the arts

Emeritus Members

Ken Chan

Munson Kwok