LOS ANGELES – October 20, 2021 – The Public Media Group of Southern California, the parent company of PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV has named Ashley Vickers as Vice President, Human Resources, reporting directly to Jamie Myers, Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Vickers will serve as a member of the Executive Management Team, responsible for developing and delivering best practices in HR management, as well as provide strategic HR leadership and perspective for the organization. She will oversee all HR functions, including employee engagement and retention, employee/labor relations, HR strategic planning, total reward, diversity and inclusion, risk management, compliance, talent acquisition, workforce management, as well as learning and development.
Ashley Vickers has played a vital role at the Public Media Group of Southern California since the merger of KCETLink and PBS SoCal approximately three years ago. She has led organizational integration efforts in addition to pandemic response efforts spearheading COVID-19 prevention. She has overseen critical operational and policy issues that have included remote work, telecommuting, compliance and the safety of staff in the building and in the field. Vickers has played an essential role in efforts to build the organizational culture across departments and has been instrumental in the development as well as implementation of change and risk management initiatives. Additionally, she has been responsible for the training and response protocols for the organization.
Vickers will also provide leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts. To date, Vicker’s DEI efforts have included the design of an internal DEI framework, the launch of organizational Employee Resource Groups and collaboration with the Board’s Task Force on Anti-Racism and Social Justice.
“We are committed to expanding and strengthening our efforts to actively promote a more inclusive and equitable future for all of our employees and Ashley will play an important role in leading our organization in this direction,” remarked President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California Andrew Russell. “Her passion for the organization and her commitment to staff is evident in all she does. We are excited about the leadership role she is assuming within the Public Media Group of Southern California.”
“Since Ashley joined public media, she been a trusted leader, provided valuable insight and perspective, delivered extraordinary work, and has been deeply committed to ensuring all we do aligns with our mission and values,” commented Chief Operating Officer Jamie Annunzio Myers. “I look forward to working with Ashley in the months and years ahead, as we collaborate to better serve our organization and community.”
Ashley Vickers received a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Villanova University and brings nearly 15 years of human resources experience in both the public and private sectors. She serves as a board member with the University of California, Riverside Transformative Leadership Board and with the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation. Vickers is also the President of the Pasadena, CA chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
“I am truly excited and grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to the important work that lies ahead,” said Ashley Vickers. “It is wonderful to be part of a team creating new opportunities in public media and serving the diverse communities of our region. This is a chance to elevate the role Human Resources has in this space.”
About the Public Media Group of Southern California
The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of our region and through the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our Southern California content channels PBS SoCal and KCET are available for free on internet-connected screens via the PBS Video App and seven local broadcast channels. Our Link TV channel is available nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network. A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations and delivers social impact through a variety of services including those that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.