We’re thrilled to announce exciting leadership changes to the Media Impact Funders Board of Directors!

Kayce Ataiyero, Chief External Affairs Officer at the Joyce Foundation, brings her expertise in journalism funding to the role of Chair, while Kaitlin Yarnall, Chief Storytelling Officer at National Geographic Society, steps up as Vice Chair. Kayce joined the Board in 2020, and Kaitlin, who joined in 2018, also serves as the chair of our Program & Communications Board Committee. Kayce and Kaitlin bring decades of journalism, media and grantmaking experience to our board and to the field. We’re incredibly excited about this new chapter with Kayce and Kaitlin leading the way. Their combined expertise and vision will be instrumental in helping Media Impact Funders ensure a thriving media landscape that serves the public interest.

A huge thank you to outgoing leaders

We extend our deepest gratitude to David Rousseau, Publisher and Executive director of KFF Health News, and Elizabeth Christopherson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rita Allen Foundation, for their incredible leadership as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, since 2013. Their unwavering commitment to MIF’s mission will continue as they move into emeritus roles—David as Emeritus Chair, and Elizabeth as Emeritus Director.

Welcoming new additions

We’re delighted to welcome Lauren Pabst, Senior Program Officer with the Journalism & Media Program of the MacArthur Foundation, to our Board. Lauren’s thoughtful leadership will be invaluable. Additionally, congratulations are in order to MIF Board Member Jim Brady, VP of Journalism at Knight Foundation, who will be serving as Board Treasurer. MIF Board Member Tim Isgitt, CEO of Public Media Company, will now be serving as Board Secretary. He previously served as Treasurer.

Farewell, Liz Carter

We also want to acknowledge the contributions of Liz Carter, former CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, who stepped down from the Board earlier this year. We so appreciate Liz’s dedication to MIF’s mission these last few years.

All of our board colleagues have contributed tremendously to our programs and we are so grateful that in their new roles, they will deepen their engagement with our work and with the field.

Learn more about our Board of Directors here.

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Media Impact Funders traces its roots back to the Council on Foundations, a longtime philanthropy-serving organization. Formerly Grantmakers in Film, Video & Television, MIF began on a volunteer basis in 1984 as an affinity group for funders interested in the power of film to highlight social issues. Reflecting changes in technology and media behavior over the past decade, it was renamed Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM) and formally incorporated in 2008 to advance the field of media arts and public interest media funding. It had 45 members and was headed by former MacArthur Foundation Program Officer Alyce Myatt. GFEM was renamed Media Impact Funders in 2012 and has since expanded its strategy to include a broad range media funding interests such as journalism, immersive technologies, media policy and more. Since that time, MIF has grown to more than 80 organizational members representing some of the largest foundations, and holds more than 40 in-person and online events yearly.