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Public Media Group of Southern California

 3080 Bristol Street, Suite #400
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (747) 201-5474
[F] --
[email protected]
Jamie Carter
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Organization DBA KOCE-TV Foundation
Link TV
Former Names KOCE-TV Foundation (2018)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-2211661 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Public Media Group of Southern California's mission is to foster a love of learning, culture, and community using the power of public media.

Mission Statement

Public Media Group of Southern California's mission is to foster a love of learning, culture, and community using the power of public media.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $44,431,261.00
Projected Revenue $36,103,196.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Early Learning Initiatives
  • To Foster Change

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

Public Media Group of Southern California's mission is to foster a love of learning, culture, and community using the power of public media.

Background Statement

Since 1972, PBS SoCal has been dedicated to informing, educating, and enlightening the residents of Southern California on air, online, and in the community. In the more than four decades since its founding, the station has grown into a major educational and cultural resource for the region, ranking as one of the most watched public television stations in the nation. In 2011, PBS SoCal became the flagship full-service PBS station for all of Southern California, and after seven years of growth to meet the demands of the region's vast and diverse audience, PBS SoCal merged with Burbank-based KCETLink to form the Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) in October 2018. A coming-together of equals, the merged entity is building a center for public media innovation that creates and launches new ideas in content, digital distribution, community engagement, and social impact. The founding of PMGSC leverages the unique strengths of each content channel -- PBS SoCal, KCET, and Link TV -- to serve Southern California and beyond like no other station in public media.

Impact Statement

The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV – are available for free on internet-connected screens, seven local broadcast channels, and one national satellite channel.

A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations, and delivers social impact through services that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.

Needs Statement

1. Original Content in Arts & Culture, News & Public Affairs, Science & Environment, and Children's Programming
2. Educational Outreach for Families
3. Free Access to National Programming
4. Community Engagement 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

You can support the work of PMGSC by becoming a sustaining member; making a one-time donation online, by phone, or by mail; donating goods or services; contributing stock or bonds; or becoming a volunteer. 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Orange County
Los Angeles County
Riverside County
San Bernardino County
Santa Barbara County
Ventura County 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Television
  2. Education - Educational Services
  3. -



Early Learning Initiatives

Through its Early Learning programs (in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's national Ready To Learn initiative), PBS SoCal partners with fifty nonprofits, schools and community organizations to improve access to early education opportunities in LA and Orange Counties, where 34-36% of children ages 3-5 are not enrolled in preschool or kindergarten (KidsData). Through Ready To Learn, PBS SoCal addresses the lack of quality early learning programs by preparing parents to educate children at home. Ready To Learn workshop materials prepare parents to foster the 21st century skills required to excel in the jobs of the future. Ninety-five percent of Ready To Learn outreach is led in neighborhoods with Title I schools. Within these neighborhoods, eighty percent of parents who attend Ready To Learn outreach primarily speak Spanish at home. PBS SoCal teaches parents their children’s learning goals, trains parents on grade-appropriate STEM concepts, and sends parents home with hands-on activities to implement at home.

Budget  $1,605,008
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  PBS SoCal outreach is conducted throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties with a special focus on Santa Ana and Compton. Twelve PBS SoCal Community Lab partners host Parent Academies and Family Science Nights. Community Lab partners include Project Access, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Santa Ana Library, the Compton Library, and the Compton Unified School District. When PBS SoCal establishes a Community Lab, the nonprofit partner receives a lab of ten tablets, year-round professional development for staff, parent workshops, and a formal commitment to student success. Community Lab partners promote PBS SoCal programs to the families they serve. By hosting Parent Academies and Family Science Nights in partnership with nonprofits and schools that already serve Santa Ana and Compton, PBS SoCal ensures accessible and culturally appropriate learning opportunities while strengthening the services PBS SoCal partners can offer their patrons. Early Learning initiatives impact 20,000 parents and children yearly.
Program Long-Term Success 

Early Learning Goals include:

  • Reaching low-income families with high-quality learning experiences,
  • Empowering parents with the importance of at-home learning, and 
  • Strengthening the early learning community in Southern California.
PBS SoCal achieves these goals by leading Parent Academies and Family Science Nights that provide long-term bilingual training opportunities, take home activities for children ages 2-8, a network of fellow parents, a Spanish-speaking PBS SoCal mentor, knowledge of resources available through other nonprofits, and invitations to family events. Eighty percent of workshop attendees will report an increase in confidence/comfort in their abilities to select educational media for children and knowledge of STEM skills. PBS SoCal will train 800 nonprofit leaders/educators through 22 events including the STEAM Speaker Series and Educator Field Trip. Eighty percent of educators will report increased classroom skills and network connections.
Program Success Monitored By  PBS SoCal measures its success in Early Learning through parent surveys, interviews with partners, parent pre- and post-workshop surveys, and anecdotal feedback. 
Examples of Program Success  --

To Foster Change

To Foster Change is a three-year social impact initiative of PBS SoCal, aimed at inspiring change in the realities and life outcomes of Southern California’s foster youth. Through community discourse and powerful storytelling, we will raise public awareness of the personal struggles, social dilemmas and systemic challenges that affect the ability of foster youth to fully flourish. By exploring the people and issues involved from different points of view, we will expand the narrative about foster youth, clarify any misperceptions and demystify the foster care system. In the end, we hope the initiative will result in better life outcomes of foster youth. We will inspire the sharing of ideas and collaborative problem-solving in the foster youth community and provide the public with information on ways to get involved.
Budget  $3,400,000
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Children's Rights
Population Served General/Unspecified Families Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The hallmark of PBS is masterfully telling stories with depth and substance. We will use our expertise in media and mass communications to highlight the work that’s already being done in the foster care community, in order to promote understanding that inspires hope and motivates action. We will bring high standards of journalism and production, and we will connect with large audiences. And we’ll build upon our successful educational and community outreach campaigns to create interactive opportunities for foster youth that have exceptional appeal, given young people’s fascination with television, film, video and digital media.

Program Long-Term Success 

A great deal of work is underway to improve the lives of foster youth in Southern California – by both the public and private sectors. PBS SoCal, the flagship PBS station for Southern California with a reach of 18 million people, is joining these urgent efforts, contributing our expertise in mass media, trusted storytelling and community engagement to help raise awareness and understanding of the plight of our foster youth that inspires hope, action and – ultimately – change. A multi-faceted, multi-year campaign, To Foster Change is comprised of three main actions, each with important outcomes. Each facet of this initiative will bring foster youth voices to general audiences, helping to create an atmosphere for change.

Program Success Monitored By  PBS SoCal will measure an increase in audience awareness, understanding, hope and action through bi-annual surveys. PBS SoCal will convene partners for feedback, host focus groups for To Foster Change content, and provide surveys to foster youth participating in the initiative.
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Andrew Russell
CEO Term Start 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Public Media Group of Southern California President & CEO Andrew Russell is a 25-year veteran of public broadcasting, having held senior executive leadership positions at both PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Russell joined PBS SoCal as COO in 2013 and played a key role in building PBS SoCal as it grew into the role of flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. Named CEO in 2015, Russell has driven rapid growth in the station’s membership and revenues, increased PBS SoCal’s content distribution, and forged new partnerships with major Southern California arts and cultural institutions. Russell was responsible for making PBS SoCal the third-most-watched PBS station in the country and the highest ratings of all Southern California public television stations.

In 2018, PBS SoCal merged with KCETLink Media Group (KCET and Link TV) to form the Public Media Group of Southern California. The merger of equals created a center for public media innovation and creativity that serves the more than 18 million people living in the Southern California region. Establishing a powerful PBS flagship organization on the West Coast, the historic union of these two storied institutions created the opportunity to produce more original programs for multiple channels and platforms that address the diverse community in Southern California and the nation, and innovate new community engagement experiences that educate, inform, entertain, and empower. Russell assumed the role of President and CEO of the new entity, which is governed by a 32-person Board of Trustees.

The new organization is committed to telling stories that matter, creating original programs that reflect the diversity of the region and sharing the full schedule of PBS programs that viewers love and trust. Through three content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV – this dynamic library of programs will be available for streaming on any internet-connected screen, on seven Southern California broadcast channels, and on one national satellite channel. Russell and the organization is also committed to continued community engagement, early childhood education and social impact services.

A California native, Russell holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. He serves on the Leadership Council for The Music Center, the Board of the Los Angeles City Club, and is a Member of the CEO Roundtable at UC Irvine.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dawn Ariza VP, Finance and Administration --
June Baldwin SVP, General Counsel --
Corbett Barklie VP, Advancement --
Robert Dea VP, Corporate Sponsorship --
Juan Devis Chief Creative Officer --
Jamie Myers Chief Operating Officer --
Paul Nelson Chief Financial Officer --
Maura Phinney VP, Membership & On-Air Fundraising --
Kim Spencer Senior Programming Executive, Link TV --
Jennifer Vides VP, Marketing, Communications & Brand --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 48
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Richard Cook
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dick Cook Studios
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Gordon Bava Manatt, Phelps & Phelps --
Kelly Bixby Mazzo Community Leader --
Margaret Black Community Leader --
Louise Bryson Community Leader --
Jo Ellen Chatham Community Leader --
Richard Cook Dick Cook Studios --
Susan Erburu Reardon LA Philharmonic --
Judith Gardfi-Partridge Summit General Insurance --
Anne Gates Community Leader --
Dan German For Mason Asset Management Company --
Paul Gomez Wells Fargo --
Todd Hollander MUFG Union Bank --
Channing Johnson Loeb & Loeb --
David Johnson ACT 4 Entertainment --
Janet Jones Elkins Jones Insurance Agency --
Ronald Lushing Community Leader --
Mary Lyons Community Leader --
Robert McDonald Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County --
William O'Hare Snell & Wilmer --
Michael Riley Ellen Digital Studios --
Robert Romney Community Leader --
James Rosser Community Leader --
Dennis Shapiro Community Leader --
Charles Steinmetz Steinmetz Foundation --
Christopher Thompson Edison International --
Joseph Valdes Parking Company of America Management --
Ernest Wilson USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking --
Val Zavala Community Leader --
David Zuercher Community Leader --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --
Ishraq Mir Ali -- --
Ruben Aronin -- --
Sonia Bautista -- --
Antonion Brown -- --
Albert Chang -- --
Nichole Curtis -- --
Lauren Deutsch -- --
Robert Gaskill -- --
Asher Gellis -- --
Manuel Huerta -- --
Bobby Kobara -- --
Carol Kwan -- --
Karen Mack -- --
Lori Margaret -- --
Dan McCrory -- --
Marium Mohiuddin -- --
Steven Muro -- --
Marco Perez -- --
Gary Phillips -- --
Diane Poon -- --
Tim Ramos -- --
Jonathan Strum -- --
Bonnie Williams -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $63,360,603 $21,296,766 $15,794,252
Total Expenses $18,180,419 $16,022,198 $15,511,349

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$10,310,847 $13,678,884 $7,548,176
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $44,104,166 $634,953 $629,531
Investment Income, Net of Losses $62,611 $6,347 $5,257
Membership Dues $6,502,520 $6,448,275 $6,923,340
Special Events -- $283,886 $419,892
Revenue In-Kind $1,921,324 $662,083 $112,994
Other $459,135 $244,421 $268,056

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $13,287,820 $11,317,234 $10,408,188
Administration Expense $2,124,867 $2,313,492 $2,001,757
Fundraising Expense $2,767,732 $2,391,472 $3,101,404
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.49 1.33 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 71% 67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 27% 17% 39%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $67,337,282 $25,373,680 $20,311,311
Current Assets $49,686,930 $8,702,696 $3,863,074
Long-Term Liabilities $14,082,836 $17,150,970 $18,253,620
Current Liabilities $2,176,006 $2,376,013 $1,508,843
Total Net Assets $51,078,440 $5,846,697 $548,848

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 22.83 3.66 2.56

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 21% 68% 90%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 


Other Documents

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