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Community Advisory Board

KCET and PBS SoCal’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 plays an integral part of the planning and imåplementation of many the stations’ outreach programs.

Their function, as mandated by Congress in 1979, is to advise the governing body of KCET & PBS SoCal 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 35 members and reflects the diversity, needs and interests of KCET's and PBS SOCAL’s viewership. 

The Community Advisory Board members represent diverse constituencies that are engaged with a wide array of issues such as aging/senior citizens, cultural diversity, disabilities, culture and the arts, LGBTQ rights, economy, family, health/medical services, media services, substance abuse, science/technology, youth, and education/schools.

The CAB meets quarterly on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at both the KCET Burbank and PBS SoCal Costa Mesa offices. In the interim, CAB members serve on auxiliary committees that meet outside of regular meetings to provide more focus on key CAB initiatives including the annual Local Heroes nominations and awards.

KCET and PBS SoCal's Community Advisory Board is recruiting members for the upcoming term. The Community Advisory Board members represent diverse constituencies that are engaged with a wide array of issues. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this application by February 28, 2022, and someone will be in touch soon.

Community Advisory Board Members

Darick J. Simpson, Chair
Lauren Deutsch, Vice Chair


Ishraq Mir Ali
Ruben Aronin
Sonia Bautista
Kathleen Davis Bowman
Ken Chan
Albert Chang
Nichole Curtis
Laarni Rosca Dacanay
Stephen Einstein
Sue Fractman
Todd Frandsen
Robert Gaskill
Asher Gellis
Charmaine Jefferson
Alexander C. Kim
Bobby Kobara
Jason Lacsamana
Karen Mack
Azucena Maldonado
Lori Margaret
Michael A. Mata
Dan McCrory
Marium Mohiuddin
Steven Muro
Marco Perez
Gary Phillips
Tim Ramos
Marcellous Reed
Carrie Luger Slayback