New York, NY—The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF), which recruits talented students of color and places them in paid internships at some of the country’s largest media and technology companies, is pleased to announce the election of Adria Alpert Romm as chair of EBF’s Board of Directors. Alpert Romm, a longtime executive at Discovery, Inc., most recently served as EBF’s vice chair since 2016. She replaces retired CBS Corporation executive Tony Ambrosio in her new role.
As Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer at Discovery, Inc., Alpert Romm has worked to cultivate and maintain the company’s reputation as a socially conscious, family focused world-class employer. Since joining Discovery in 2007, Alpert Romm has implemented a number of employee development and wellness initiatives that have reinforced Discovery’s reputation as one of the best places to work in America.
EBF’s CEO Rahsaan Harris said, “We are thrilled about Adria’s leadership and her commitment to growing the Emma Bowen Foundation by attracting new partners. She is a champion of creating inclusion in the industry.”
“I have had the privilege of working with the Emma Bowen Foundation for nearly 30 years, watching it grow into the leading industry organization it is today,” said Alpert Romm. “I am proud to serve as the new board chair and help guide the Foundation in its efforts to provide top talent an array of opportunities to launch their careers in our dynamic business, while simultaneously enriching our industry with a stronger, more diverse workforce.”
With the guidance of its 19-member Board of Directors and a larger National Advisory Council (NAC) comprised of media and technology industry leaders and key stakeholders, EBF further positions itself as a crucial resource for diversifying the media industry by advocating for best practices in the hiring, retention and advancement of talented professionals of color. Members of the NAC will participate on various board committees and focus on specific issue areas to move EBF’s work forward.
Ambrosio, who had served as EBF’s board chair since 2016, will continue to serve on the board. Niija Kuykendall, the Senior Vice President of Film Production at Warner Bros. Pictures, has been elected as the board’s vice chair.
“Tony has tirelessly given time, energy and resources to helping the students of Emma Bowen Foundation succeed,” Harris said. “We are grateful for his leadership and his dedication, not just to EBF, but to the industry as a whole. And we look forward to his continued contributions to the board.”
In addition to Alpert Romm’s appointment, EBF is also celebrating its 30th anniversary year. The Foundation will be hosting events throughout the year, including a celebration on July 9 in New York during its annual summer conference, where nearly 200 students gather to network, learn and take their first steps toward a career in the media and technology industries. This year’s conference will take place July 8-11 at New York University’s Kimmel Center, and will feature talks by leaders in the industry, networking events, conversations with EBF alumni and more. Stay tuned for more details and mark your calendars today. Go to emmabowenfoundation.com for details.
About the Emma Bowen Foundation
The Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF) was founded in 1989 to diversify the media industry by giving talented students of color the opportunity to intern at some of the nation’s leading media companies. During its history, the Foundation has provided internships for more than 1,300 students of color. None of this would have been possible without the passion and dedication of the Foundation’s three founders—Emma L. Bowen, Rev. Dr. Everett Parker, and Dan Burke —and their shared commitment to diversifying the media industry and providing career opportunities for young people of color. To fully impact the industry, EBF reaches all essential functions in front of and behind the cameras—the Content of Media (journalism, production, digital media, etc), the Business of Media (sales, human resources, marketing, etc), and the Innovation of Media (engineering, data science, software development, etc). Go to emmabowenfoundation.org to learn more about the Foundation’s program areas.
EBF’s Board of Directors 2019
Adria Alpert Romm, Discovery (Chair)
Niija Kuykendall, Warner Bros. Pictures (Vice Chair)
Chris Lammers, CableLabs (Secretary)
Robert Apter, Retired, ABC (Treasurer)
Tony Ambrosio, Retired, CBS Senior Advisor
Nikki Bethel, HBO
Italia Commisso Weinand, Mediacom Communications
Jean C. Fuentes, Fox Television Stations, LLC
Rich Wolf, The Switch
Keith Woods, NPR
Jose Gonzalez, BMI
Patricia Jordan, Black Citizens for a Fair Media
Rob Kennedy, C-SPAN
Delia McGee, EBF Alumni Association
Ellen Shultz, The New York Times
Bill Strahan, Comcast NBCUniversal
Karen Bennett, Cox Communications
Julie Dreixler, Graham Media
Magesh Srinivasan, Charter Communications
Finance Committee Chair: Robert Apter, Retired, ABC
Governance Committee Chair: Rob Kennedy, C-SPAN
Nominating Committee Chair: Jose Gonzalez, BMI
Technology Committee Chair: Chris Lammers, Cable Labs
Media Sales Committee Chair: Michelle Duke, NABEF
Executive Committee Member: Bill Strahan, Comcast NBCUniversal