The Board

The Board is composed of nine members with expertise in the fields of mass communications, broadcast media, or international affairs. Eight members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The ninth, the Secretary of State, serves ex officio.

Kenneth Weinstein

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Chairman of the BoardKenneth Weinstein is the President and CEO of the Hudson Institute. He previously served as the Director of the Government Reform Project at the Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Leon Aron

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Dr. Leon Aron is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a position he has held since 1993. He was a weekly Contributor at the Voice of America’s Russian language radio and television show Gliadya iz Ameriki (Looking from America) from 1990 to 2004.

Ryan Crocker

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Ryan Crocker serves as a member of the IAC Committee and served on the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting.

Michael Kempner

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Michael W. Kempner is the Founder, President, and CEO of MWW, a public relations firm he founded in 1986.

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh

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Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is a Senior Fellow for Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jeff Shell

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Jeff Shell is chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment.

Rex Tillerson

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Ex officio board memberRex Tillerson is an American businessman, engineer, and a diplomat who is the 69th and current United States Secretary of State, serving since his confirmation on February 1, 2017.


Statements from the Board

Board Chairman’s statement on the release of Khadija Ismayilova

Today is a great day, but it is only one step in a long fight for press freedom in Azerbaijan. We remain committed to informing, engaging and connecting the people of Azerbaijan in support of freedom and democracy, and we look forward to celebrating more press freedom victories like today’s.

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