Board of Directors
PMC’s expert Board of Directors is a constant source of direction.
Earl Babbie, MA, PhD
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Board member since September 30, 2005
Earl is the author of The Practice of Social Research and The Basics of Social Research, among other textbooks and scholarly works about social research. In addition to his role on the board of directors, he also serves as a pro-bono research advisor to PMC. He holds an AB from Harvard College and a Master of Arts and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jeff Burrow, MPP, MBA
Board member since June 24, 2016
Jeff is the founder of S3R Holdings, LLC a commercial real estate investment and development company and is co-owner of The Lot, a family-oriented restaurant in East Dallas. He has a Masters Degree in Public Policy with a focus on Social Policy from American University in Washington D.C. He spent 12 years in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at Energy Transfer Partners and has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Virginia Carter, MS
Emeritus member, not voting member
Redondo Beach, California
Board member since October 18, 2000
Virginia was a top entertainment executive with Norman Lear’s production company, helping to develop popular shows such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, One Day At A Time, Facts of Life, and The Jeffersons. As an independent producer, Virginia earned an Emmy and two Peabody awards. Virginia began her career as a space scientist who conducted important satellite-based experiments measuring properties of the atmosphere. Her success helped open the way for other female scientists. She now serves as a pro-bono training consultant for PMC’s serial dramas. She holds a BS from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Southern California, and an honorary Doctorate of Science from McGill University.
Madeline Di Nonno
Marina del Rey, California
Board member since November 30, 2016
Madeline is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to systemically improve gender and diversity representation in children’s entertainment. She leads the Institute’s strategic direction, management, financial, and operational activities. Madeline brings over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the entertainment, non-profit, digital and consumer packaged goods industries. Madeline also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for Promundo US. She served as President of the Glass Lions Jury for Cannes Lions 2016 and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Wellington, Northland, New Zealand
Board Member since November 12, 2019
Penny is an evaluation specialist with over 30 years of experience. Prior to establishing her own business in 2016, she was Head of Evaluation at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for several years. Penny has served in evaluation leadership and management roles in government, philanthropy and NGOs, including at The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand. She is a former Chair of the OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation (2013-16) and former President and Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES). Penny’s publications include a book – Evaluation Cultures: Sense Making in Complex Times, and she is currently co-editing a book on ethics and evaluation. Penny is the founder and CEO of a woman-owned international development evaluation consultancy – Creative Evaluation Limited, working with philanthropic, multi-lateral and private sector organizations to develop relevant and effective measurement and learning systems for impact management.
Ron Hoge, MBA
San Francisco, California
Board Member since August 1, 2017
Ron is the Chairman of Pinnacle Engines, a venture-backed energy tech startup. Ron has 40 years of global business experience in a wide range of industries with leadership roles in several Fortune 500 companies. He also serves on the board of microfinance leader ACCION and is a trustee at EARTH University in Costa Rica. Ron has a B.A. in Mathematics from Amherst College and an M.B.A in Marketing from Stanford University.
Bram Kleppner, MBA
Board member since February 26, 2003
Bram is the CEO of Danforth Pewter, and is a Commissioner on the Vermont Tax Structure Commission. He previously served as Co-Chair of Vermont’s Medicaid & Exchange Advisory Board and on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Health Care Financing. Bram is an award-winning leader in socially responsible business, with a career that included ten years at Ben & Jerry’s, where he led International Marketing and co-led the company’s first anti-global warming campaign. He holds a MBA from the University of Vermont and a BA from Middlebury College.
San Francisco, California
Board member since January 21, 2016
Tom is the CEO and a portfolio manager at Perkins Investment Management, a subsidiary of Janus Capital Group. He has over 40 years of experience in the investment management business. Tom formerly was on the Board of EngenderHealth which provides reproductive health services in underdeveloped countries. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
Jane Putch, MS
Los Angeles, California
Board member since November 17, 2014
Jane is President of Eyebait Management, a literary agency specializing in Young Adult and Adult Non-Fiction and Fiction. Jane’s previous work in brand management and licensing consulting generated more than $400 million in retail sales. Jane applies her dual expertise in arts and business to supporting educational outreach and women’s advancement programs. Jane served as President of the Board of Fashion Group International, Los Angeles and its Foundation and served on the Board of Population Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master’s degree in International Management from Boston University, with special studies in Brussels Belgium.
William Ryerson, MPhil
President & Founder of PMC
Board member since July 14, 1998
Bill oversees all PMC activity and travels around the world for current and new program development. Since 2008, Bill has also served as Chair and CEO of Population Institute in Washington, DC, which works in partnership with Population Media Center. He has more than 40 years of experience working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience with social and behavior change communications. He holds BA from Amherst College and a Master of Philosophy in Biology from Yale University.
Jerri Lea Shaw
Board member since January 13, 2012
Jerri is the co-founder and president of JBS International, a consulting firm focused on strengthening health care and social service policy, financing, and service delivery in domestic and international systems. JBS is one of the largest women-owned firms in the Washington metropolitan region, and Jerri has received multiple awards for corporate social leadership. She has been working to address women’s empowerment and reproductive health challenges for decades. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and a Master of Regional and City Planning from the University of North Carolina.
New York, New York
Board member since November 12, 2019
Sunita is a co-founder of Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), a U.S.-wide human rights advocacy group that is committed to the ideals of multi-religious pluralism both in the United States and India, the country of her origin. HfHR is committed to opposing and challenging bigotry, exclusion and discrimination, especially on the basis of religion. Sunita’s Hindu values and beliefs inform her sense of justice and human rights. Finding that movements for justice were bereft of a Hindu voice, she co-founded Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus in 2011 to weld her human rights activism with her Hindu identity. Sadhana is now a leading platform advocating worldwide for social justice principles that are at the heart of Hinduism. She was honored by President Obama at the White House in 2015 as a “Champion of Change” for her work. Sunita is also the co-founder of Women for Afghan Women (WAW), an organization started in 2001 and dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Afghan women and girls. Sunita has edited “Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future” (Palgrave McMillan), a book of essays.
Itang H. Young, Mdiv.
New York, New York
Board member since March 14, 2018
Itang is the Executive Director of The Abyssinian Fund, Inc, a nonprofit committed to reducing poverty in Ethiopia with innovative partnerships and support for Ethiopian coffee farming communities. Itang provides the program direction, leadership, and management for domestic and Ethiopian-based staff. She is also the Assistant Minister for Youth at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of a youth ministry. Itang serves as a board member for Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit; Blue Nile Passage, Inc.; Court Appointed Special Advocates for Youth; World Day of Prayer, USA; and The American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. She holds a certificate in Eastern European Business, Law & Diplomacy from Moscow State University; a BS from Texas A&M University; and a Masters from the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University.
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