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Public Media Group of Southern California Executives | KCET

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Public Media Group of Southern California Executives

Andrew Russell
President and CEO

Andrew Russell, President and CEO

Andrew Russell is a nationally recognized public media leader, known for driving innovation in the field, and the President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California since its founding in 2018.

Previously, as the President and CEO of PBS SoCal, Russell drove the station’s rapid growth, doubling its revenues, its membership, and opening new offices in Downtown LA and Century City. He increased PBS SoCal’s content partnerships and distribution, expanded its education and community services, and forged new partnerships with major Southern California education, arts and cultural institutions. In his role, he has led PBS SoCal to make particularly strong commitments to the education of children, arts and culture, diversity, and to the use of new digital platforms to deliver PBS SoCal’s programs to Southern California.

Before joining PBS SoCal in 2013, Russell held executive leadership positions at PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and led many of public media’s hallmark initiatives for nearly 25 years.  Russell is credited with leading the creation of PBS’ renowned Ready to Learn service for pre-school children, helping to re-shape PBS’ primetime strategy, and significantly growing PBS revenues as the leader of PBS Ventures. 

Russell is also recognized for driving innovation in media.  He led the creation of PBS Distribution for digital and home video platforms, launched PBS’ mobile business, and helped to build partnerships with tech and digital giants like Google, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix and Apple.  He served in roles at Accenture and PwC, developing strategy for major companies in the media, communications, and high-tech industries.

A California native, Russell holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MPA from Princeton University, and a BA from the University of California, Davis.  He serves on the Leadership Council for The Music Center, the Board of the Los Angeles City Club, and is a Member of the CEO Roundtable at UC Irvine. 

 

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June Baldwin
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate & Legal Affairs

Ms. Baldwin is responsible for overseeing the legal department at the Public Media Group of Southern California. Her responsibilities include providing legal advice and counsel on all matters before the station to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer, and the executive staff. She also serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors with responsibility for corporate record-keeping and providing advice regarding corporate governance matters. As General Counsel, she also is primarily responsible for the station’s labor relations, including the negotiation of its collective bargaining agreements with those unions and guilds whose members are employed by the organization.

Prior to joining KCET, Ms. Baldwin held Business Affairs positions at NBC, UPN and Columbia TriStar Television as well as heading up Business Affairs at independent production companies for Johnny Carson, Norman Lear, Quincy Jones and Aaron Spelling. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Ms. Baldwin is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of its Corporate Law Departments Section. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Minority Health Institute. Throughout her career, Ms. Baldwin has served on the boards of numerous nonprofits in the areas of children’s welfare, education, governance, health, gender and image, and finance.

 

Albert Chavez
Senior Vice President, CFO & Chief Administrative Officer

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Albert Chavez is Senior Vice President, CFO & Chief Administrative Officer. He joined the company in 2011 as CFO. Previously, Mr. Chavez was the Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Radio Centro’s (RC) broadcast operations in Los Angeles. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Lombardia Capital Partners, LLC, a $1.7 billion institutional investor, where he managed all administrative areas of the firm and was the Chief Compliance Officer from 2006 to 2009. Previously Mr. Chavez served as the SVP/CFO for Si TV, Inc. (2003-2006), a digital television network in Los Angeles. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Chavez provided financial consulting services to a variety of early stage or troubled companies in the technology, media and financial services areas. Prior to that Mr. Chavez co-founded and was the SVP/ CFO of El Dorado Communications, Inc. (1991-1998), a radio broadcasting company. Before El Dorado Communications he worked for the RCA Corporation and General Electric Company (which merged in 1985) in various financial positions in New York City, Mexico City and at GE’s corporate headquarters in Fairfield, Conn. (1985-1990). Mr. Chavez began his career with Deloitte in Los Angeles where he earned his CPA. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso and went on to earn his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

 

Juan Devis
Chief Creative Officer

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As Chief Creative Officer, Juan Devis is responsible for the oversight of all production and editorial output from long-form episodes to short-form digital series.  His role in developing strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses ensures a new slate of content for both KCET in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. Devis develops creative strategies that define the organization's editorial and artistic vision. He also spearheads the stations’ arts and culture initiatives and produces the Emmy® award-winning Artbound as well as current series that include Lost LA, The Migrant Kitchen and Tending The Wild among others.

Devis joined the organization 10 years ago as a freelance producer rising within the organization to the title of Senior Vice President, Content, Development and Production prior to becoming its first Chief Creative Officer. With the foresight of expanding programming onto the emerging digital web platform, Devis has spearheaded the independent company’s multi-platform transformation with award-winning content often produced, collaboratively allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the production of content.

For more than a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Devis is currently board member of Arts for All and was recently appointed to serve in the California Arts Council.

He has won numerous awards for his film, TV, and interactive work including Emmys, Webbys, National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, and more.

Public Media Group of Southern California

PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA tells stories that matter. We create original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and share the full schedule of PBS programs that viewers love and trust – delivering a public media service that educates, informs and empowers. Through three content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV – our library of programs is available for streaming on any internet-connected screen, seven Southern California broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel. A donor-supported community institution, PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA hosts hundreds of in-person cultural events, screenings and community conversations to spark the sharing of diverse ideas and perspectives, and delivers real social impact through an Early Learning service that prepares our most vulnerable children for school, as well as other special public service initiatives.