Public Media Company is a nonprofit strategic consulting firm dedicated to strengthening and supporting public media. We have decades of experience working in and for public media as well as deep expertise in nonprofit business, finance, strategy and leadership.
We understand the changing world of media and technology and bring our experience, knowledge and insight to address your challenges. We are dedicated to making public and independent media stronger in local communities all across the country, regardless of size or wealth.
Erin Moran, President
Erin Moran is a nonprofit leader with a longstanding passion for building innovative and sustainable enterprises. With more than three decades of advisory and financial oversight roles, Erin brings extensive experience as a key consultant to many growing nonprofits in public media.
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 $250 million business unit in Europe for Key Bank. Other earlier roles include 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 and has also served as a graduate student instructor at Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado. In 2011, she was named CFO of the Year for Small Companies by the Denver Business Journal.
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, hiking, and serves on the Board of Earth’s Table, a non-profit focused on ending hunger in Boulder County. E-mail Erin at email@example.com.
Alison Scholly, Managing Director
Alison has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in public broadcasting, journalism and digital media start-ups, launching and stewarding many new editorial products and services in newspapers, public radio and online news sites. She currently provides strategic and operations management consulting services to nonprofit public and independent media in her role as Managing Director, Public Media Company. Alison’s skills and expertise include creating and advising on effective models for journalism and content initiatives and launching new independent media ventures.
Earlier, 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 and 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.
Carlos Barrionuevo, Director
Focused on our local media growth strategies, Carlos has two decades of experience 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. He also led the acquisition of Public Interactive from PRI and established a partnership with commercial radio broadcasters and public radio stations to provide HD data-casting services.
At Tribune Company he held leadership roles in new digital ventures in partnership with America Online, culminating with his role as Chief Operating Officer of Blackvoices.com. He started his Tribune career in corporate development where he worked on the acquisition of television stations and evaluated investments in international businesses and online ventures.
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. E-mail Carlos at email@example.com.
Stephen Holmes, Director
Steve has extensive experience working in partnership with public media leaders to provide new insights and develop strategies that focus on increased local impact and long-term station sustainability. Steve provides Public Media Company clients with strategic and financial management consulting services underpinned with the most recent and relevant data, visualization and analytical insights that help ensure public media organizations of all sizes play a relevant and growing role in their communities.
Prior to joining Public Media Company, Steve worked for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) 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 “PBS HUB”) to better connect station managers to valuable local and 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, acquire 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evran Kavlak, Director
Evran oversees client engagements and the creation of complex financial models, business plans and asset valuations for clients. He works directly with organizations ranging from start-ups to the largest public broadcasters providing valuable operational and financial insight through data analytics, business plans and overall industry trends (radio/TV/digital) to senior management as well as key decisions makers at the board level. Evran also assists public broadcasters in evaluating signal expansion opportunities and facilitates loans for clients. He played a key role in underwriting and structuring the $8M in loans made to public broadcasting organizations from PMC’s Public Radio Fund.
Prior to joining Public Media Company in 2005, Evran served as an accounting assistant at KPBS 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 email@example.com.
Lisa Bacchus, Finance and and Business Manager
Lisa has more than 20 years of business and accounting experience and leverages her diverse background in serving PMC’s clients. In her role as Finance and Business Manager at Public Media Company, she manages the virtual accounting services that PMC provides to public media organizations. In addition, she oversees the financial accounting and business operations of PMC.
Lisa has overseen the finance, human resources and operations for several small businesses which arm her with an extensive skillset and a strong business foundation. Her career started in Los Angeles where she worked in the entertainment industry in post-production. She held the position of finance and administration manager of Hammer Creative. Her next role involved managing the accounting and financial reporting for several entertainment clients. After a move to Colorado, she served as the Operations Director of Weise Communications in Denver. Most recently she served as the Business Manager for Roth Sheppard Architects.
Lisa graduated with a BA in Communication majoring in Television Production from University of Hawaii. When Lisa is not crunching numbers, she enjoys yoga and barre classes and spending family time with her kids. E-mail Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upama Thapa, Financial & Research Analyst
Upama is responsible for a variety of business activities that directly support Public Media Company clients, including detailed analysis for business models, benchmarking studies, broadcast asset valuations, and market studies. She collects and analyzes demographic, market, station and other information in support of client projects to help public media leaders better understand their financial health and local impact, including through data visualizations.
Prior to joining Public Media Company, Upama worked as a data entry assistant in the Student Financial Services Office at the University of Wyoming and was also a writer for the university paper, 'Branding Iron'. Outside of work, Upama likes to cook, read and has a passion for traveling to new places. She is part of the University of Wyoming’s graduating class of 2020 with a Bachelor's in Finance. E-mail Upama at email@example.com.
Cliff Hahn, Digital Producer
A cross-functional web producer and national news online editor who specializes in social media, Cliff maintains the Public Media Company website, social media accounts, and quarterly newsletter.
Prior to working with Public Media Company, Cliff served as a 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.