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 bimonthly 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, education and family issues

Antonio Brown
Producer/Writer/Author
Representing documentary/educational media, African American heritage, LGBT, civil rights and civil liberties

Curtis Chin
Film & TV Writer/Producer
Representing Asian American, LGBT, and community government issues.

Caprice L. Collins, Esq.
Collins Law Firm
Representing African-American elderly, legal, and economy issues.

John Esaki
Director of Programs
Japanese American National Museum
Representing Asian Pacific heritage, education, arts & culture issues.

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

Patrice Jinso-Springer
Vice-Chair, Community Advisory Board
Educator & Instructor
Representing education and women's issues.

Robert Lewis
Program Officer
California Community Foundation
Representing African-American, family, foster care, youth at risk, and non-profit community/philanthropy issues.

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 arts & culture, education, youth, women, LGBT, ethnic/minority groups issues

Diane Poon
Director of Human Resources
Goodwill Southern California
Representing Asian American and women's issues

Mark S. Reed
Actor and National Representative
American Indians in Film and Television
Representing American Indian issues.

Ralph Schub
Retired Attorney
Representing legal, military, American Indian, African American, Jewish American, and Women's issues

Jeanne S. Shamim
Executive Director
Aim High Learning Services
Representing children under age 16, youth education, and natural/manmade disasters issues.

Annie Yee
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dance Specialties
East Los Angeles College
Representing Asian American, arts & culture issues.