PBS hires former DNC adviser as new v.p. of station services

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Juan Sepúlveda, former senior adviser for Hispanic affairs for the Democratic National Committee, joins PBS Jan. 6 as senior vice president of station services, PBS President Paula Kerger told station managers in an email Tuesday.

Sepúlveda replaces Joyce Herring, who exited PBS in October. “The national search for this position included a wide range of highly talented candidates — both from within and outside of our system,” Kerger said in the email.

Kerger said she first met Sepúlveda several years ago when he was the host of Conversations on KLRNin San Antonio. He also designed and led the station’s community advisory board, she said.

Sepúlveda joined the DNC in November 2011. For two years before that, he served as executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He developed the first Hispanic Policy Conference as well as Hispanic Community Action Summits nationwide, gathering national and community leaders to tackle key issues.

“Juan brings over 25 years of experience helping to strengthen communities across America,” Kerger said, “working with philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, businesses, governments and in communities to build efficiencies, find solutions, foster collaboration and nurture innovation.”

Sepúlveda holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford Law and was the third Latino awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Kerger noted.