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Contact Susan Young
Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
I first got involved with Pacifica when I worked on the Cities for Peace initiative with Sissy Farenthold. I served for six years on the initial LSB, for one year as Vice Chair, three years as Chair and one on the PNB. I then served on the ACLU TX board of directors for 10 years when we built a diverse and active board and increased staff from 10 to 60. I have the knowledge and skills to help save Pacifica and protect KPFT. That is what is at stake in this election. I will support the democratic majority that voted for new bylaws by immediately moving for their implementation.
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?
  I have 30 years of governance and management experience on boards of progressive organizations in including 6 years on the KPFT LSB, one year on the PNB, 10 years on the Board of the ACLU TX and 6 years on Sisters United Alliance, a GOTV PAC targeting women who have not voted.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  Dedicated efforts of many volunteers who make exceptional programming possible in public affairs, community issues and music, especially featuring local artists and special genres like blues, Celtic, Asian and Latin.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Advancing the mission depends on attracting listeners and our listenership has been declining. A good mix of programming of high quality is critical, So is reducing the number of days dedicated to on air fund raising. Change in governance that puts the entire organization on a firm financial footing and refocuses board efforts on policy, oversight and resource development and on supporting not sabotaging professional staff.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Support implementation of the New Day Pacifica Bylaws. That action is the clearest path to saving Pacifica and KPFT. Within that overall goal, protecting KPFT and saving the national archive are my two top priorities.
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?
  The Pacifica National Board needs to be reformed for several reasons. Funders have no confidence that their funds will be used well. In fact, the bylaws create unnecessary and self defeating procedures that prevent good decision making and increase costs exponentially. Building back listenership is essential for the mission to succeed and for the financial base to be secure.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  This is the time to vote for an LSB with responsibility and strong capabilities. Electing the same angry activists will condemn Pacifica and KPFT to destruction.
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