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.
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 is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He was a contributor for VOA’s Russian language radio and television show Gliadya iz Ameriki (Looking from America) from 1990 to 2004.
Ryan Crocker serves as a member of the IAC Committee and served on the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting.
Michael W. Kempner is the Founder, President, and CEO of MWW, a public relations firm he founded in 1986.
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is a Senior Fellow and Director of German Marshall Fund's Technology Policy program.
Jeff Shell is chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment.
Ex officio board memberMike Pompeo is an attorney, former U.S. Congressman and CIA Director. He was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State on April 26, 2018.
Statements from the Board
In December 2017, the Board issued an agency-wide policy statement on the prohibition of harassment that reaffirmed its commitment to provide a work environment free from harassment or intimidation.
The board meets regularly throughout the year to discuss the Agency’s performance, review Agency policies and strategic direction and receive reports from entity leadership. Board meetings are generally open to the public and available for viewing via live-stream and online video. View the archive »
Explore a list of former members of the Board.