The International Broadcasting Advisory Board
The International Broadcasting Advisory Board (IBAB) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Biden in December 2023. The IBAB is an independent federal entity, composed of experts representing mass communications, broadcast media, and international affairs, who provide strategic counsel and oversight in partnership with USAGM’s CEO. Six members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The seventh, the Secretary of State, serves ex officio.
ChairKenneth Jarin is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, specializing in labor and employment law. With a background as a city solicitor, he served as a chief labor negotiator for cities and states, including Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Jarin has been actively involved in non-profit organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.
Board MemberVeteran journalist Luis Botello currently serves as President of the Media for Democracy Foundation and Senior Advisor at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) where he played a key role in expanding its presence in Latin America. Botello is also a renowned international media analyst and serves on the boards of various journalism organizations.
Board MemberJamie Fly, currently Senior Counselor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies, served as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. With a background at The German Marshall Fund of the United States and as Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio, Fly has extensive experience in foreign policy and national security.
Board MemberDr. Jeffrey Gedmin was President/CEO of the Legatum Institute, RFE/RL, and Aspen Institute in Berlin and has held various roles in think tanks and academia. Gedmin is an author, co-executive producer of PBS documentaries, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on multiple advisory boards, showcasing his extensive contributions to transatlantic democracy, European security, and journalism.
Board MemberMichelle S. Giuda is the CEO of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue. Formerly Assistant Secretary of State for Global Public Affairs, Giuda is a global authority on Tech Diplomacy and recognized for her achievements, including being named to Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 list.
Board MemberKathleen Matthews is a seasoned Emmy-award winning broadcast news journalist and global communications executive with almost 50 years of experience. Actively engaged in non-profits like the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Emerge, Matthews is a Stanford University graduate.
Ex Officio Board MemberAntony J. Blinken is the 71st U.S. Secretary of State and has played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy across three decades and administrations. He is represented on the IBAB by the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth Allen.
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The International Broadcasting Advisory Board (Board) will conduct a meeting closed to the public on January 31, 2024.
The International Broadcasting Advisory Board (Board) will conduct a meeting closed to the public at the times listed above. Board Members (membership includes Chair Kenneth Jarin, Luis Botello, Jamie Fly, Jeffrey Gedmin, Michelle Giuda, Kathleen Matthews, Under Secretary Elizabeth Allen (Secretary of State’s Representative)), Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), Counsel and Board Secretary to Board, the Secretariat to the Board, and recording secretaries will attend the closed meeting. Certain USAGM staff members who may be called on to brief or support the Board also may attend.
Learn about the former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) here.