InterMedia counts on the vision, leadership and experience of its leadership boards to steer it successfully into the future. Board members bring to the table decades of broadcasting and international expertise. Led by Owen Charlebois, members reflect a variety of disciplines and experiences working in government, media, industry and academia.
Board of Directors
Owen Charlebois – Chairman
Owen Charlebois is President of OAC Consulting LLC, a Washington DC based media and marketing research consultancy. Owen has three decades of experience in audience, opinion and media research. Prior to establishing his own firm, he served for almost five years as a Senior Manager for Google, working globally in cross media research and market insights. Before that he served for eight years as Divisional President of Arbitron, the broadcast audience research firm, where he was responsible for leading sales and marketing, research, operations, technology and R&D.
Previous career stops include serving as President and CEO of BBM Canada, the TV and radio audience measurement service, and earlier as President of Gallup Canada, and Principal at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting Group.
Among professional honors, he has been elected National President of the Canadian Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), the professional organization of marketing and media researchers in Canada. He was nominated and elected a Fellow of the MRIA, the highest honor bestowed on a Canadian market researcher.
A graduate of Carleton University, Mr. Charlebois holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen – Vice Chair
Jody Olsen is a visiting professor at the University of Maryland graduate School of Social Work in Baltimore, and executive director of the university’s Global Health Initiatives. Dr. Olsen has devoted her professional life to education and global development, beginning in the 1960s with service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia. She later served the Peace Corps as country director for Togo; regional director for North Africa, Middle East and Pacific; chief of staff for the Peace Corps from 1989-92 during its expansion into 25 new countries; and as deputy director. Dr. Olsen was appointed acting director of the Peace Corps in 2009 by President Obama’s transition team.
She has also served as senior vice president at the Academy of Educational Development, and as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), in Washington, D.C., the organization responsible for managing the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program and its 2,000 faculty exchanges in 140 countries annually.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Dr. Olsen holds a master’s degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Maryland.
David Ensor is a consultant to the Atlantic Council. David’s background includes successes as an award-winning network television journalist, diplomat, businessman, and served as the 28th director of the Voice of America.
During his time at the VOA (2011 – 2015), Ensor oversaw a nearly 40% growth in the audience of the U.S. broadcaster, adding dozens of new television programs, websites, mobile apps and social media programs. He co-founded a daily Russian language TV show responding to Putin’s invasion of Crimea, developed a partnership with the BBC to fight Ebola in west Africa and defended VOA against political attempts to weaken its journalistic independence. Ensor spent 16 months as an American diplomat in Kabul, Afghanistan 2010-11. Prior to that he worked several years for a Swiss energy trading firm, based in London and Geneva.
As CNN’s National Security Correspondent for eight years, ending in 2006, Ensor covered issues relating to terrorism, Russia, China, Iraq and the U.S. intelligence community.
During 18 years as a television correspondent for ABC News, he covered major international news from the collapse of Communism in Europe, to the wars in Bosnia and Chechnya, as well as the papacy of John Paul II.
From 1975-80, he was a reporter at National Public Radio (NPR). He was among the recipients of a Headliner award for CNN’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks. His documentary on the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 received an Emmy nomination, a National Headliner award, and the Knight’s Cross from the President of Poland. His articles have been published by Politico and Foreign Policy. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Barry Fulton
Dr. Barry Fulton is a senior management consultant at the U.S. Department of State. He is a senior fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Board Chair of the Walter R.Roberts Endowment at GWU, and a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He is the author of State Gets SMART (2009), Leveraging Technology in the Service of Diplomacy (2002), and project director and author of the CSIS study, Reinventing Diplomacy in the Information Age (1998).
He is also the author of two novels:The Lady is Bugged and Flame: Hackers, Artists, Lovers, and Spies.
Fulton was named by President Clinton as Associate Director of the United States Information Agency in 1994. During a 30-year career as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Information Agency, he served in Brussels, Rome, Tokyo, Karachi, and Islamabad. He retired in 1998 at the grade of Minister-Counselor. He established and directed the American Forces Radio and Television Service in Turkey as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
He has taught at George Washington University, the Foreign Service Institute, American University, the University of Illinois, the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, San Antonio College, and the Pakistani Information Academy.
Fulton holds a PhD. in Communications from the University of Illinois, an MA in Broadcasting and BS in Electrical engineering from Penn State.
International journalist, broadcaster and media development expert Robert Gillette joined the InterMedia Board in 2010. He is a former Moscow and East European bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, and winner of the Clarence Darrow Award for investigative journalism. He served as a senior manager at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich and Prague from 1989-98, the last four years as Director of Broadcasting.
He transitioned into important leadership roles in media development: he worked with the international community in Bosnia to establish the country’s broadcast regulatory agency and directed a $14-million USAID program to develop independent, professional media, including Mreza Plus, a private, country-wide, multi-ethnic television network. From 2003-2006, Gillette was the United Nations’ Temporary Media Commissioner in Kosovo, where he directed the creation of that country’s broadcast regulatory agency and the drafting of media legislation for the Kosovo parliament. As a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Gillette began his career as a science writer, including a four-year stint as writer with Science Magazine. He has also been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Adam Clayton Powell III
Adam Clayton Powell III is President of the Public Diplomacy Council of the U.S. [http://www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org/] and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy [http://communicationleadership.usc.edu/], He also serves as a University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy [http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/] and directs USC’s multi-disciplinary Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative.
Before returning to Washington in 2010, Powell was USC’s Vice Provost for Globalization, working with faculty and deans to advance the university’s global initiatives, and he previously served as Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for multimedia http://imsc.usc.edu/
Before joining the USC faculty in 2003, Powell was Vice President for Technology Programs at the Freedom Forum and Newseum [http://www.newseum.org/], creating training programs and forums on digital media in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and around the U.S. the United States and on new media for journalists, media managers, educators and policy makers.
With more than two decades of media experience, he has served as as Vice President for News at National Public Radio; Manager of network radio and television news events for CBS News; Executive Producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; and General Manager of PBS stations WHUT-TV in Washington and KMTP-TV in San Francisco.