Public Media Company is a nonprofit strategic consulting company devoted to strengthening and supporting public media — and we couldn't do it without a remarkable team with years of experience, knowledge, and insight.
Erin Moran, President
Erin Moran is a nonprofit leader with a longstanding passion for building innovative and sustainable enterprises. Her expertise is rooted in more than 30 years of advisory and financial oversight roles and extensive experience as a key consultant to many growing nonprofits in public media and as a senior executive of an international leasing firm. As President of Public Media Company, Erin focuses her time on forging new partnerships and initiatives to build the overall growth and sustainability of public media, advising public and independent media on the financial and operational steps to executing strategic initiatives, and educating advocates about the unique role that Public Media Company plays in keeping public media strong.
Prior to joining Public Media Company in 2002, Erin ran the finance, operations and IT functions of a 10-country, $250 million leasing business unit in Europe for Key Bank. Other roles in international leasing included Vice President, Systems Integrations and Director of Internal Audit, Tax and Investment Programs. Erin started her career as an auditor with two of the largest international CPA firms. Erin also served as an instructor of Financial Statement Analysis for graduate students at Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado.
A graduate of the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Erin is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In her spare time, Erin enjoys trail running and creative writing. E-mail Erin at email@example.com.
Alison Scholly, Managing Director; Executive Director of Channel X
Alison Scholly joined the organization in 2015. She has more than 20 years of experience in public broadcasting, journalism and digital media. She currently offers strategic management consulting services (including facilitating collaborations) to nonprofit public and independent media in her role as Managing Director, Public Media Company. She is the Executive Director of Channel X, a content exchange for public media, and oversees philanthropy and marketing for Public Media Company.
Prior to joining Public Media Company, Alison was Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of Chicago Public Media, leading a team of 135 employees and architecting WBEZ’s rapid digital expansion, which included podcasts, national shows This American Life and Sound Opinions and Vocalo.org. Alison also held several media leadership roles at Tribune Company, serving as Interactive Vice President of the Chicago Tribune, expanding Tribune’s digital business and tripling audience reach to 5.1 million unique visitors a month. A digital native, Alison served as executive producer of ChicagoTribune.com and editor of Metromix, Chicago’s first online arts and entertainment website.
Alison holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, where she ran the college’s radio station, WRVU Nashville. Outside of work, Alison enjoys biking and traveling (preferably both at the same time). E-mail Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Holmes, Director
Steve Holmes joined the company in 2017. Steve works in partnership with stations to provide insights and develop strategies that enable stations to increase their sustainability and local impact. He is also leading the launch of the Station Sourcing Group, a procurement service for stations that is a joint venture between Public Media Company and CDP. Steve helps organizations become more successful by using rigorous data analytics to identify new opportunities and lead high-level initiatives that make a meaningful difference for stations and their communities.
Prior to joining Public Media Company, Steve worked for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for 12 years as Senior Director, Strategy & Insight. Steve developed in-depth knowledge of successful service models across public media, provided critical insight to public media leaders, and created knowledge management practices and tools such as the Station Management Center (now the “Hub”) to better connect station managers to valuable local/national metrics and best practices. Steve also managed all aspects of the PBS strategic planning and performance management process, including board retreats, environmental analysis, staff communication, and the design, development, and implementation of strategic plans and corporate performance metrics.
Prior to working in public media, Steve helped launch and grow new products, services, and businesses around the world as part of Royal Mail’s International Services team. He holds an MBA from Duke University. Email Steve at email@example.com.
Evran Kavlak, Director, Consulting and Research
Evran Kavlak joined the company in 2005. As Director of Consulting and Research, Evran oversees client engagements and the creation of complex financial models, business plans, and station valuations for clients. Evran works directly with a broad range of organizations ranging from start-ups to the largest public broadcasters presenting performance dashboards, peer group analyses, business plans and overall industry trends (radio/TV/new media) to senior management as well as key decisions makers at the board level. He has also facilitated loans for a number of our clients. Prior to joining Public Media Company, Evran served as an accounting assistant at KPBS Public Broadcasting in San Diego. Evran began his career in Istanbul, Turkey at an investment trust firm, evaluating the financial condition of publicly traded stocks in a variety of industries.
Evran earned a master's degree in finance from California State University in San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. Outside of work, Evran is an avid photographer and loves to travel. E-mail Evran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terri Olsen, Accounting and Operations Manager
Terri Olsen joined the company in 2004. Terri oversees the day-to-day accounting functions at Public Media Company and provides virtual accounting services to a number of Public Media Company clients. With her strong organizational skills, Terri oversees customer support, assists in communications and fundraising, and provides invaluable support to Public Media Company's management team and board. A well-rounded team player, Terri has also been known to generate coverage maps for client projects. Terri previously worked as a customer service representative for Bowne of Denver, where she coordinated all aspects of the printing of clients’ financial documents for submission to the SEC.
Terri has an Associate Degree in Accounting. When not at work, Terri enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. E-mail Terri at email@example.com.
Cliff Hahn, Digital Producer
Cliff Hahn joined the company in 2015. A cross-functional web producer and national news online editor who specializes in social media, Cliff handles the day-to-day production duties for Channel X. Cliff also maintains the Public Media Company website, social media accounts, and quarterly newsletter.
Prior to joining Channel X, Cliff was senior producer for the Yahoo/Starbucks Digital Network, an innovative news and entertainment channel available in Starbucks stores nationwide, offering content from more than 20 media partners like The New York Times, ESPN, The Wall Street Journal and Marvel Entertainment. Cliff served as the front page content editor for Yahoo.com, the #1 visited site on the internet and helped usher in the site's most recent redesign. Cliff has also worked as a digital producer for News Corp's News.com.au in Sydney, Australia and Businessweek.com in New York, focusing on technology, lifestyle and small business. E-mail Cliff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Carlos Barrionuevo, Consultant
Carlos has held numerous leadership roles over his 20-year career in media companies developing new business ideas, forging partnerships, leading acquisitions, and securing revenue-generating opportunities. As Director of Business Development at NPR, he directed the formation of National Public Media and led the planning to create NPR Music. At Tribune Company he held leadership roles in new digital ventures spawned from Tribune Company’s partnership with America Online, culminating with his role as Chief Operating Officer of Blackvoices.com.
Carlos holds an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and a BA from the University of Chicago. He recently moved to Georgetown, Maine where he is deeply involved in bringing broadband to his rural community.
Vincent Curren, Principal at Breakthrough Public Media Consulting, Inc.
Vinnie served as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for nearly a decade. As COO for CPB, Vinnie had overall responsibility for managing CPB’s policy, grant-making and station support activities. While at CPB, Vinnie was also deeply involved in spectrum policy and advocated for public television’s interests in the spectrum auction at the highest levels of the FCC.
Since leaving CPB, Vinnie has formed Breakthrough Public Media Consulting. Breakthrough assists public media companies in navigating today’s converging and competitive media world. In partnership with Public Media Company, Vinnie is focused on helping public television stations leverage the power of ATSC 3.0, the next generation, IP compatible, broadcast television standard.
Hannah Eaves, Digital Director for Channel X and VuHaus
Hannah Eaves is a digital innovation strategist who works with media companies and foundations to increase their impact. Recent projects have encompassed product design and development, startup accelerator research and program design, and media impact measurement. Her current and past clients include Public Media Company, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Matter Ventures, and CUNY.
Marc Hand, Co-founder of Public Media Company
Marc Hand co-founded Public Media Company in 2001 and focused on creating strategic public media alliances and partnerships to strengthen public television and radio. Marc led Public Media Company's work to support public television stations in planning for the FCC spectrum auction, as well as the upcoming ATSC 3.0 digital television technology standard rollout. Now CEO at Public Media Venture Group, a non-profit co-founded by Public Media Company and 31 public television stations, Marc will also advise on a handful of Public Media Company client projects.
Marc’s media experience of more than 30 years includes; Managing Partner and co-owner of a group of commercial stations in Colorado; and an associate with two national media brokerage firms representing commercial media owners in sales, acquisitions, mergers and financial restructurings. Marc spent five years at the Station Resource Group (SRG) helping public radio stations expand services via acquisitions, collaborations and partnerships, leading to the development of Public Media Company.
Christopher Kirchner, Director of Sponsorship and Underwriting for VuHaus
As the Director of Sponsorship and Underwriting for VuHaus, Chris Kirchner manages sponsorship activities and builds partnership relationships to develop and grow VuHaus’ financial capacity. He is an accomplished broadcast sales manager, who has overseen multi-million dollar revenue budgets at Greater Media and CBS Radio for WMMR, WMGK and WPEN-FM.
Erik Langner, former President Public Media Company
Erik Langner worked with Public Media Company for 14 years, helping public radio and television organizations in planning for and executing mergers, acquisitions, operating agreements and financings to increase impact and to build financial capacity. Now President at a newly formed public benefit corporation focused on public media, Erik lends his expertise to Public Media Company client projects.
Erik co-founded and serves as the President of VuHaus, a live performance music video collaboration of the nation’s leading public radio music stations. Prior to joining Public Media Company, Erik was a corporate attorney at the law firms of Latham and Watkins in San Francisco and Kirkland and Ellis in New York City, and also worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.