BURBANK, CA--July 29, 2013-- KCETLink, the new national independent public transmedia organization, continues to strengthen its leadership at the executive level with two promotions within the company, effective immediately.
Palencia Turner was elevated to Vice President of Development from Executive Director of Principal Gifts, and Ariel Carpenter was named Vice President of Communications from her previous role as Executive Director of Communications.
"We are pleased to be able to recognize the valuable contributions Palencia and Ariel have made to the company, and look forward to their continued contributions to our growth as we forge a dynamic new model for independent public media," said Paul Mason, Chief Strategy Officer for KCETLink.
As vice president of Development, Ms. Turner leads Member and Viewer Services, Membership, Special Events and Development, including oversight of major, principal and planned gift efforts. She is an institutional advancement strategist with nearly two decades of experience leading public affairs, fund development, community engagement and marketing programs for organizations in the entertainment, education, non-profit and government sectors.
Prior to joining KCET in 2011, Ms. Turner was senior development officer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., where she worked closely with the president on the "80 for 80" anniversary celebration, exceeding the initiative's development goal by nearly $1 million for the renowned design institution. She previously served as director of community & fund development for the Urban Education Partnership--now the Los Angeles Education Partnership--and worked as government affairs manager, legislative representative and assistant director of neighborhood programs for the Los Angeles Mayor's Office during the Hahn Administration. Ms. Turner is active on community boards and was appointed to the City of Pasadena's Arts & Culture Commission. She reports to Mason.
As the head of Communications for KCETLink, Ms. Carpenter has helped redefine KCET as the country's largest independent public media organization and spearheaded communications efforts around several key company events, including the company's move to Burbank and its merger with Link TV. She will continue to oversee advertising, marketing, media relations, and corporate communications, ensuring consistent messaging throughout the organization.
Before joining KCET in 2011, Ms. Carpenter was the director of public relations for the University of Southern California (USC) where she oversaw PR activities for the university, helping to build its social media presence, and cultivating promotional angles for select USC initiatives in national media outlets.
Ms. Carpenter has been at the forefront of the technology revolution for close to two decades, working with both entrepreneurial and established companies, which have helped define the new digital age to consumer and business markets. Prior to USC, Ms. Carpenter served in communications management roles in banking and finance, and as senior vice president in the digital media and technology practice at the Los Angeles-based public relations firm, MPRM Communications, where she developed corporate and consumer public relations strategies and oversaw the day-to-day client operations.
Ms. Carpenter has received numerous industry awards for her work, including a Sigma Delta Chi award for feature writing and was recognized as one of 2012's "50 Fabulous Women" by THE Pasadena Foothills Magazine. She also reports to Mason.
KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed via satellite on DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.