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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

Diane Poon, Chair, Community Advisory Board
Director of Human Resources, Goodwill Southern California
Representing: Disability/Impairment, Immigration and Bilingual Issues 

Jonathan Strum, Vice Chair, Community Advisory Board
Publisher, Long Beach Jewish Life
Representing: Media, Disability/Impairment, Jewish American Heritage, Ethics/Morality, and Inter-Faith Relations

Ruben Aronin
Vice President of Communications & Outreach, The Better World Group
Representing: Public Transportation Development, Climate Change, Drought and Water Usage, Energy Use and Resources, Greening of Los Angeles, Los Angeles River Revitalization, Natural and Manmade Disasters, Jewish Heritage, and Latino Heritage

Sonia Bautista
Senior Librarian, City of Commerce Public Library
Representing: Education and Schools, Immigration, Minority Rights, Arts and Culture, Historical Preservation, Cultural Diversity, Hispanic Heritage, Women’s Rights, Bilingual Issues, Charities and Volunteers, Gang Prevention, Literacy and Libraries, and Neighborhood Preservation and Gentrification Management

Antonio Brown, Ph.D.
Producer/Writer/Author and
President, Board of Directors, ACLU Southern California
Representing: Disability/Impairment, Discrimination, Education and Schools, Gender Identity and Trans Awareness, Gun Control, Immigration, LGBTQ Issues, Minority Rights, Arts and Culture, African American History, and Community Government

Lauren Deutsch
Producer/Director, Pacific Rim Arts
Representing: Media, Workforce Development, Aging and Senior Citizens, LGBTQ Issues, Arts and Culture, Food Culture, Historical Preservation, Cultural Diversity, Asian Pacific Heritage, Gay Pride, Jewish American Heritage, Women’s Rights, Environment, Climate Change, Drought and Water Usage, Energy Use and Resources, Greening of Los Angeles, Los Angeles River Revitalization, Military and Veterans and War and PTSD, Charities and Volunteers, and Youth Programs

John Esaki
Director of Media Arts, Japanese American National Museum
Representing: Arts and Culture, and Asian Pacific Heritage

Claudio Estrada, Jr.     
Principal, PUC Community Charter Middle School
Representing: Education and Schools, Bilingual Issues, Hispanic Heritage, Literacy and Libraries, and Immigration

Brenda Forbes
Veteran and Community Activist
Representing: Homelessness, Hunger, and Education

Asher Gellis
Founder and Executive Director, JQ International
Representing: Gender Identity and Trans Awareness, Gay Pride, LGBTQ Issues, and Jewish Heritage

Marco A. Jimenez
Community Liaison Officer, Los Angeles Police Department
Representing: Gun Control, Immigration, Hispanic Heritage, Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement, and Gang Prevention

Carol Kwan
Director, West Basin Municipal Water District
Representing: Media, Aging and Senior Citizens, Education and Schools, Immigration, Food Culture, Public Transportation Development, Armenian Heritage Recognition, Asian Pacific Heritage, Climate Change, Drought and Water Usage, Greening of Los Angeles, Los Angeles River Revitalization, Ethics and Morality, Nutrition Education, Human Trafficking, Military/Veterans/War/PTSD, Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement, Bilingual Issues, Community Government, Homelessness, Literacy and Libraries, Substance Abuse and Addiction, and Youth Programs

Robert Lewis
Program Officer, California Community Foundation
Representing: Entrepreneurship, African American History, Gang Prevention, and Youth Programs

Michelle Lin    
Attorney at Law
Representing: Child Abuse, Asian Pacific Heritage, Legal, Justice and Courts

Joan Mace
Professor of Art History, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Representing: Civil Rights, Disability and Impairment, Discrimination, Education and Schools, Gender Identity and Trans Awareness, LGBTQ Issues, Minority Rights, Arts and Culture, Food Culture, Historical Preservation, Nutrition Education, Race Relations, Gay Pride, Hispanic Heritage, Women’s Rights, Climate Change, Drought and Water Usage, Greening of Los Angeles, Los Angeles River Revitalization, Natural and Manmade Disasters, Ethics and Morality, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Human Trafficking, Charities and Volunteers, Food Access, Homelessness, Sex Workers and Prostitution, and Youth Programs

Marco Perez
Assistant Director, UCLA Community & Local Government Relations, External Affairs 
Representing: Education and Schools, Immigration, Minority Rights, Underserved Family Education, Arts and Culture, Race Relations, and Cultural Diversity

Bonnie Williams 
Advertising Executive, Time Warner Cable Media
Representing: Education and Schools, Entrepreneurship, and Women's Rights

Annie Yee
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dance Specialties - East Los Angeles College and
President, Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Los Angeles
Representing: Asian Pacific Heritage, and Arts and Culture

 

Emeritus Members

Ken Chan

Munson Kwok

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