Question Two: What skills, qualifications and experience would you bring to the board?
KPFA Listener-Sponsor candidates
Carl Bryant -
Steven Conley - FORMER PRODUCTION DIRECTOR KPFK
FORMER MORNING SHOW DIRECTOR KPFK
FORMER DRIVETIME PRODUCER/CREATOR BENEATH THE SURFACE KPFK
RADIO PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE-ARCHIVE
CHAIR LSB OUTREACH COMMITTEE 2003
CHAIR LSB PROGRAM COMMITTEE-2003
PROGRAM COUNCIL- 2 TERMS 02-03-03-04
TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 03-04
TOP TIER KPFA PROGRAM DIRECTOR HIRING PROCESS FINALIST 06-07
Bob English - I'm a civil servant, public service worker for 33 years with administrative, budget "human resources" experience, as well as "hands on" public assistance casework experience, a year student-work internship in East Pakistan in 1967. I am a UC graduate and have an M(I)PA in International Public Administration.
I served SEIU 790 union chapter members and represented workers as twice elected bargaining team member and appointed SF Conference delegate. I'm a labor democracy activist and founding member of Public employees for a democratic Union. As a community activist, I worked for years on the UFW SF support committee and Cesar Chavez Street committee and election.
I've been a practicing Zen Center and IYI yoga institute member
I was an active progressive Potrero Hill Democratic club member and a current Green Party member.
As elaborated in my statement and other question responses, I can bring my Freepacifica movement experience, knowledge, spirit and commitment to the LSB. I was an early, active Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP) member, currently an active Peoples Radio member and long time KPFA member/supporter.
Dianne Enriquez - I have worked in radio stations around the world for about three years. In New Zealand I worked as an assistant programming manager for an up and coming independent radio station. My duties there were to train a completely volunteer staff on announcing and equipment use. I helped set up rotation lists and new music features. I also helped with fundraising, outreach and advertising to increase listenership. Simultaneously, I co-hosted a world music show at the Hamilton Community Radio station in New Zealand. I am a former apprentice for KPFA and have direct experience with the inner workings of the station. Therefore, I am aware of how to run a station from the staff perspective and have a great respect for our highly skilled staff. I am currently working as a community organizer for Young Workers United in San Francisco which has enabled me to develop great skills for outreach, fundraising and the development for a vast network of people and organizations throughout the bay area whose connection into KPFA would only serve as a mutual benefit for the station increased commitment to diversity and the communities need for a progressive media outlet.
Sherry Gendelman - I have been a community activist for nearly my entire life, involved in the Civil rights movement in my teens. I attended law school with a desire to address issues of racism in my lifetime. After practicing civil rights law for several years, I set aside the practice of law to involve myself in community organizing. I have also lived and worked in India for nearly five years on a variety of political projects. That experience expanded my understanding of people and cultures. I have been involved with Pacifica and KPFA since the late 1970’s.I have returned to the practice of law and represent hundreds of low income indivuals, the majority of who are immmigrants. I have passion, humor, intelligence and a dedication to strengthening our station through creative dialogue.
Mathew Hallinan –
Chandra Hauptman – Ability to work in an open and collaborative manner.
My past experience as a board member, outreach, organizing and writing skills, some financial analysis skills.
David Heller – I am a former board member of Californians for Electoral Reform (www.CfER.org), I was the campaign coordinator for Berkeley’s (72% of the vote) Measure I campaign to bring Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to Berkeley’s city elections. In my professional life, I manage building projects and need to coordinate and facilitate the wants and needs of various contractors, owners, architects engineers and building inspectors, many of whom have very different ideas of how they want things. This has given me an excellent background in problem solving and negotiating with various people with different ideas.
Warren Mar – I have spent most of my adult life practicing what I believed, organizing for economic and social justice. I started organizing youth and tenants in Chinatown in the late 60’s and early 70’s for jobs and low rent housing. I moved into labor organizing in the late 70’s and have organized workers for their rights in hotels and restaurants, and nurses in hospitals. I recruited and trained new organizers for the AFL-CIO when the federation seemed to move in a more progressive direction in the late 1990’s. Building broad coalitions, moving immigrants and working people to act on their own behalf is what I hope I can bring to KPFA. I will contribute to broadening our outreach and diversify our listener base.
Susan McDonough - I was a fundraiser for a solidarity organization in the 1980’s named Committee for Health Rights in Central America. And I’ve been a union organizer, both within the rank & file and as union staff, for close to 20 years. The skills I’ve learned and developed in all these endeavors can be applied to our efforts at KPFA to expand its reach, broaden its listenership and increase its financial base.
Antonia Medrano - I already serve on the following boards: Rose the Riveter Trust, Vice President of the Ed Fund of West Contra Costa County, Chair of the Citizen Bond Oversight Committee for the school district, Chair of the Montalvin Manor Redevelopment Advisory Committee, Immigrant Task Force for West Contra Costa County. Served for 5 years on Amnesty International’s Educators Network Board. I was a member of the International Human Rights team that spent a month in Oaxaca looking into human rights abuses. (Jan of 2007, Comision Civil Internacional de Observacion por los Derechos Humanos)
Attila Nagy - I served on KPFA’s Program Council prior to being elected to the LSB in 2004. My
other radio experience includes serving on the Board of KBBF – Sonoma County's bilingual public
radio – 1999-2001. Produced/DJd a reggae program at KBBF in the 80s (not interested in doing a program on KPFA). In 1999 I co-founded North Bay for KPFA and organized fundraisers, teach-ins,
and a large contingent of North Bay listener/supporters to demonstrate in front of the station.
Currently, I’m with Voces Cruzando Fronteras, a group working to hold KBBF to it’s mission of serving the community. I also produce and promote events in the community: The Annual MLK Birthday Celebration in Santa Rosa, The Annual Progressive Festival, and other events and benefits for progressive organizations.
Richard Phelps – It is difficult to briefly state the skills and experiences from 40+ years of work and community activity. Here are some of them. Thirty-three years as a listener/subscriber. Three years on the LSB, 14 months as Chair of the LSB.
I resurrected the LSB Monthly Radio Report and developed a progressive format for the Report. While Chair I made sure that each scheduled program took place to help inform our listeners. I have authored several motions to improve transparency and accountability and democratic process on the LSB and in Pacifica. In my three years on the LSB, and the first year of its operation as a listener volunteer, I have participated on the following committees: PNB>Governance and Elections, LSB>Outreach, Personnel, GM Hire, PD Hire, Programming and the Local Election Committee>planning and vote counting.
In my young adult years I spent 5+ years as a radio announcer/DJ on AM & FM. In addition to an air shift, which included news, I worked as director of public affairs, programming and music at different stations. I earned #1 ratings in the 18-34 age group against the powerful TOP 40 stations without a promotions budget and no contests by keeping my ear to the audience and giving them what they couldn't get elsewhere, respect and a progressive sound. In the 90's I did a few legal call-in programs on KCBS. In 1981 I did a music program on KPFA in memory of blues guitar player extraordinaire, Michael Bloomfield and in i988 I produced a program on Insurance Initiatives.
Twenty-five years representing the diverse working population of the Bay Area in State and Federal courts, always the underdog against bigger firms and wealthy opponents. My clients have included William Mandel and Jack Heyman. For the past twelve years I have worked as a mediator for civil cases.
Mara Rivera - I have been a listener – supporter since 1962 & participated in the struggles against a corporate style takeover during 1995 t0 2003, as part of the pro-democracy movement led by Take Back KPFA, Save KPFA, and now People’s Radio. I’ve been involved in democratically run community organizations for many years, most recently Direct Action to Stop the War, Jewish Voice for Peace, and I’ve worked at Rainbow Grocery Coop for 28 years, a collective of 200+ self-governing worker-owners.
I have attended many LSB meetings and served on the Outreach Committee.
Paul Robins - I have worked with the station in several capacities for 25 years, both technical and non-technical. My day job is in high tech focused on the web, podcasts, and internet radio streaming. I bring this knowledge of the technology and industry to the board.
CC Campbell Rock – I am a veteran journalist and broadcaster. I have extensively covered community and governmental affairs. I am skilled in community outreach and organizing, fundraising, and recruitment of volunteers.
Tracy Rosenberg –I’ve been a manager in the nonprofit sector for many years (and the
for-profit one before that – altogether for close to 15 years). I have excellent accountancy and financial management skills. I work professionally in media advocacy and progressive activism and know and understand many of the issues in remaining relevant, accessible, solvent and radical. I’ve been active as a volunteer (and occasionally employed by) KPFA on and off for the last 8 years (since 1999) and can put that experience to work immediately without a long learning curve on internal matters.
Gerald Sanders - Besides my 30 years of work experience as an IBEW union electrician I have participated in various social movements and groups for just over 40 years.
To name a few:
I am a founding member of Berkeley Copwatch, the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the Committee to Free the San Francisco 8. I have run for public office for the Peace and Freedom Party. With the Frank Little Club I helped build the actions (Camp KPFA, demonstrations) that saved KPFA. The skills I have accumulated can be used to build the listener base of KPFA.
Sureya Sayadi - Being a long time peace and human rights activist I will bring the voice of struggle and truth and my personal back ground of minority and suppressed people of middle east I will unify our work here and across the Fake borders of the world. My experience and background of journalism where I did programming on original Voices of Middle East and North Africa, Labor Collective and I was an elected KPFA Council of unpaid staff thus I know the issues, and some of the solutions. Also my background in Science and medicine brings some Passion and variety to the board.
John Van Eyck - I served at the National Endowment for the Arts - working on it’s Community Program Policy and the Expansion Arts Program - I worked to fund projects rooted in inner city, rural, tribal and other under-served communities. I was for many years the Executive Director of medium sized unions in the Entertainment Industry. I worked extensively with the boards of those unions and played a key role in the setting of vision and policy and the integration of new technologies for those organizations.
Joe Wanzala - I have worked professionally in the areas of law, as a paralegal and in public policy as an policy analyst. My experience in the legal field is varied; I have worked in criminal law, mainly in the area of death penalty appeals. This experience has enabled me to gain an appreciation of the importance of key constitutional protections such as habeas corpus and witness the systematic attempts, especially over the last decade, to undermine them. I have also worked extensively in complex commercial litigation and as a public policy analyst for the State of California. In this latter capacity, my responsibilities have included conducting political and economic analysis and making policy recommendation to decision makers on a wide range of issues, from telecommunications to energy conservation. I believe that my professional background adds to my ability to perform effectively as a station board member as the role calls upon board members to develop sound policies, review and analyze the station budget, and ensure that the station does not lose sight of the Pacifica Mission.
Jim Weber - As a teacher for 40 years, I understand the collaboration needed to share power democratically to achieve effective consensus agreements.
Stan Woods - Years of organizing and activism in movements for social change . Labor, Antiwar/Anti-imperialism , and some work in Left media . Articles in Z Magazine , The Partisan , U.S. Columnist for the (now defunct ) London based ‘’ Irish Freedom Bulletin ‘’ , The Dispatcher (Monthly newspaper of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union . (ILWU ) various Op- Ed pieces etc.
I have a fair amount of experience serving on elected, accountable bodies . I served as a Executive Board member of ILWU #6. Also former Chief Steward at my workplace.
I was a member of the first elected KPFA Local Advisory Board, elected by that board and later by the L.S.B. to serve on the Station’s program council.
I have followed and participated in KPFA/ Pacifica affairs since the mid 90’s . I was deeply involved in the fight against the ‘’highjackers ‘’ in 1999 and played a major role in securing the active support of my union in that struggle.
I have served on the L.S.B. for the last two years and see our current battle as a continuation of that struggle.
Steve Zeltzer - I have been involved with independent labor media since 1983 and have helped broadcast TV and radio program on Pacifica, KQED and cable. I also have helped establish www.labortech.net which helps train working people to do their own media using new technology. I have also helped found www.laborfest.net which bring labor education, history, culture and the arts to the bay area community. I am also one of the founders of the KPFA Labor Collective www.kpfalaborcollective.org which has produced many programs about and by working people as well as building a web site on labor history and education.
KPFA Staff candidates
Shahram Aghmir - As a long-time activist as well as a programmer at KPFA for five years, I have had the opportunity to develop an extensive network of working relationships with many important and diverse organizations. My relationship with these institutions enables me to understand both the range of listeners’ perspectives as well the needs of the KPFA's staff. I am also a team worker who appreciates the notion of consensus building and compromise if needed.
Mary Berg - Pacifica-Related (Ongoing since at least the 90's): On -and off‑air work on many levels in the station; a widespread familiarity with the workings of the station, and with staff concerns and needs. Extensive study of the history and purpose of KPFA and Pacifica; Service on LAB, LSB, PNB, Program Council; Involvement with formation of UPSO, drafting of election process, drafting of bylaws. Relevant Work Background: I managed a multi-divisional organization with 25-30 employees; set up and maintained accounting systems; designed, installed and serviced complex sound systems (including broadcast stations) for schools, churches, theaters, etc. Personal: I am very good at finding commonalities. and working in a collaborative process; I listen to others and take their concerns seriously; and I do the work required of me. I most definitely have a sense of humor, and I've never had any temptation whatever to abuse power - to me, power-over is itself an abuse
Chris Brown - I am a seasoned radio journalist and community organizer. I have a commitment to peace and justice issues that are essential for our community here in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.
Brian Edwards-Tiekert - I've served on KPFA's Local Station Board as a staff representative for three years. For most of that time, I've served as the board's Treasurer, helping to shape two budgets that passed by unanimous consent—a rare feat on a bitterly-divided board.. I've also represented KPFA on the Pacifica National Board's Finance Committee, working for greater accountability in national spending. I've also worked on the LSB's Personnel Committee, where I helped develop a 360-degree process for evaluating the general manager, the first time in recent history that KPFA's staff—paid and unpaid alike—were able to participate in the review of a station manager.
Most importantly, I've got a thick skin, an even temper, and a knack for finding common ground with people I disagree—skills sorely needed in Pacifica's governance system.
I've also got fundraising chops.. During my time on the board, I've raised $4500 in off-air contributions for KPFA. And I'm also an experienced grantwriter—this year, I brought in $25,000 to fund an expanded training program in KPFA's News Department, and I've been writing grants to help expand KPFA's online presence as well.
Jeannine Etter - I am very focused, dedicated and organized. I am a writer, editor and community organizer and have 10 years experience working within media within the Bay Area, as well community grassroots organizations.
I bring the perspective of experience of my own rich culture and background, but also the background of effectively working within extremely diverse community-represented organizations. Specifically related to KPFA, I have hosted, produced and edited a weekly radio show in a primetime slot for three consecutive years--which was not easy to get. I have participated in the KPFA protests during the KPFA lock-out. I have also been through many seminars and trainings on "ism's."
Mary Tilson - Almost 30 years of broadcast and production experience. 20 years of non-profit administration. Experience on and off air fundraiser. Excellent organization and writing skills.