Arthur Cohen, President/CEO  (Term Ends December 31, 2014)

Arthur Cohen, veteran public radio programmer and manager, was named PRPD president in September, 2006. The PRPD national office is based in Hamilton, NY (near Syracuse). His association with PRPD dates back to 1989 when he joined the PRPD Board on which he served for 10 years. As a consultant to PRPD from 2004-06, he organized PRPD conferences and developed the online PD Handbook and Beyond the Basics training workshop.

Well-known in the public radio system as a skilled programmer and manager, Arthur came to the PRPD presidency from his company, Whole Station Solutions, where he consulted to public media organizations in the areas of strategic management, program planning, audience research and organizational change. He holds an M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Arthur served as VP of Programming and Operations at WNYC, New York, Vice President, VP and General Manager of Radio at WETA in Washington, DC, Senior Director of Programming at Minnesota Public Radio, and President of the Radio Research Consortium before launching his consulting business in 2002. He began working in public radio in 1978 as General Manager of KVMR-FM, Nevada City and later KRBD FM, Ketchikan, AK, and Director of Radio, Radio/TV Services at Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Jody Evans, President/CEO Designate (assumes office January 1, 2015)

Evans joins PRPD after working as  President and CEO of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc., which operates WCQS-FM in Asheville, NC. She joined WCQS in 2010 and led a highly successful turnaround effort. In 4 years, Evans eliminated the community licensee’s debt through a successful partnership with the organizations’ Board of Directors and significant community leaders. 

Prior to WCQS, Evans has been a national thought leader and successful programmer at Vermont Public Radio and KUT, Austin. Evans was a PRPD Board member from 2005-2009 and has long been a national thought leader in the areas of programming, development and effective public media organizations. 

Evans has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.