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Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
I’m a passionate film producer, activist and an educator. I am an active member in many progressive organizations such as PDA, ADA and DSA. I have successfully organized many outreach campaigns in my district for both progressive candidates as well as progressive issues.
In my professional life, I am committed to storytelling that is strong and thought provoking, that serves to enlighten as well as empower its audience. I have produced award-winning films about the LGBTQ community, green card soldiers, the elderly and poverty. I’ve served on the review committee for the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards, have been a guest speaker at UCLA, Art Institute of Chicago – and am adjunct faculty at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design graduate film program. I am a proud union/ guild member of the Director’s Guild and Producer’s Guild of America.
I have been an avid listener of KPFK for over 10 years. I have served as it’s Secretary for the past 18 months and as an active board member for the last 8 months. I have been serving on the LSB Finance, Governance and the GM Search Committee – as well as the PNB Bylaws Revisions Task Force, Elections and Audit Committees. I have been very involved and am doing the work (so to speak) – I think of it as an extension of my community activism and the progressive movement that is such a big part of my life. KPFK is a beacon – especially in these times where our communities thirst for honest broadcasting. My cable station recently discontinued the Free Speech TV channel. KPFK and it’s programming is there for me and all the audience who’s interests and passions are getting squeezed out of mainstream media. Other radio stations don’t even comes close to filling that void. Most vulnerable communities aren’t always aware there is a void of real news and programming. However, I know through my community work that they know the difference when presented with a progressive alternative. They overwhelmingly respond when their issues are being addressed. So I also believe with as much KPFK already does, there is so much more that can be done to reach these communities. We need to get to those new listeners and empower them. KPFK and Pacifica radio is part of the progressive ground-swell taking place in our country. I’ve participated in the Community Outreach committee at KPFK. I believe the there is great potential to substantially grow its audience through a strong community outreach as well as a social media initiative. I have experience to bring to both efforts with the background in organizing within the community and producing effective media.
I’m running because I’m dedicated to bringing all the passion and experience I have to the KPFK radio station – in the hopes of elevating it to it’s full potential. I greatly appreciate your support. Thank you -

Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  As an independent media producer and community activist. I have a vast understanding of the arts, the workings of its management as well as the political landscape and the civil movements of the time. I have been serving as the board secretary for 18 months and recently replaced one of the resigning members on the board. I have been very present - active in multiple committees at the local and national level of Pacifica. In my work, I am constantly building bridges between the creative and the management; between finance and the creative. The board can do such great work if those types bridges can be built. As a Libra, I often see what is possible. KPFK is so much already, but I see the station it can evolve to as well. I want to do the work to keep it growing.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  KPFK really does embrace the Pacifica mission. Independent, Corporate-free, culturally diverse and engaging programing. It's so important in these times. It also has the structure to become as powerful as the community needs to it to be. I am very optimistic about the new GM coming in. I want to be there to support him with what I know as a current board member - but also as a new member, hoping to bring fresh ideas and approach.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I really hope we can push to bring in new audience as well as a younger audience. That means more outreach to the community with sponsoring events. This can be achieved with a robust online campaign, but also programming and fresh, diverse political views. I believe once successful in both those agendas, the station will flourish again. It would be amazing to have programs by and for the community activists. Many would love the opportunity if they understood technically how to produce a show. We could provide the mentorship to facilitate that.

4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  My number one priority would be to embrace and assist the incoming GM any way I could. The board has had an adversarial past and I believe that this an amazing opportunity to work together to bring out the best in the station. I have been an active part of the Finance Committee and the Pacifica Audit Committee.I would continue the drive to have a working budget and functional reporting. It will be the key fundraising. I've also served on the Governance Committee. The efficiency of the board is essential to support the new GM with the right priorities turn get the station back on course and implement to initiatives able to move the station forward. I think a lot of that then ties into the Programming Committee, which I have a lot of interest in - and hope to become a bigger part of.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  Management has had to make a lot of hard decisions this past year. And while we still need to be frugal, and find a working budget to begin to turn around our ability to find grants - the key to growing the station back is new listeners. So we need to really invest in that (if just even in focus). Online media is a really untapped resource for us as far as exposure and fundraising mechanism. I believe increasing our hosting of communities events (w/speakers or music) has a great potential as well.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I have my sleeves rolled up. ;)
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