New Executive Director Appointed For Midpen Community Media

Press Release: PALO ALTO, Calif.—

The Midpeninsula Community Media Center (Midpen Media) Board of Directors and staff today announced that Keri Stokstad has been named Executive Director for the organization. Ms. Stokstad’s appointment caps a six-month nationwide search. Ms. Stokstad is a nationally recognized executive leader in community media television with more than 15 years of experience managing and building award-winning public and government cable access production centers across the country.

“We’re excited to have Keri join us as our new Executive Director,” Midpeninsula Community Media Center Board President Barbara Noparstak said. “Keri brings us new energy and creativity, a deep sense of commitment to our strategic goals and mission and a passion for new technologies and ideas to raise our level of excellence and community service. Her award-winning experience in the nonprofit community media world, her leadership and fundraising skills, and commitment to diversity made her the ideal choice for us.”

Ms. Stokstad said increasing the community’s awareness and use of Midpen Media and embracing new technologies to advance Midpen Media’s mission are key goals she wants to accomplish as the new Executive Director.

“Midpen Media has a proud history as an award-winning organization with a resourceful board and many creative producers who provide outstanding programming. The staff is among the best in the country and I’m honored to be selected as their new Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to carry forward Midpen’s legacy and I’m committed to ensuring that we expand our work and access to an even broader audience.”

Ms. Stokstad replaces former Midpen Media Executive Director Annie Folger, who retired in early 2017 after a 30-year career. “Annie’s achievements with Midpen are recognized as important standards for the overall community access field. Midpen Media would not be what it is today without her leadership.”

Ms. Stokstad was the Cable TV Manager for the City of Santa Monica where she managed the city’s government television station and video production projects. She was recently awarded Overall Excellence in Government Programming at the 2017 Alliance for Community Media Conference for her work in Santa Monica. From 2011 to 2015, she was the Executive Director for Pasadena Media, where she oversaw the design and construction of a new, 6,000-square-foot media production studio and offices for the organization that manages the community and government access channels serving the City of Pasadena. She was responsible for 16 employees, a $1.2 million budget and working with more than 50 regional TV producers, community partners and civic leaders to generate original local television and online programming.

Stokstad is a native of Iowa and has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications from the University of Iowa. She served as Board Chair from 2014-2016 for the Alliance for Community Media, a premier national organization that represents the interests of cable access organizations. In 2014, Business Life Magazine named her as one of the San Gabriel Valley’s top Women Achievers.

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