KCETLink Promotes Two to Vice President Positions | KCET
KCETLink Promotes Two to Vice President Positions
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,
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
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
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.