Chad A. Johnston Selected As New CEO of CreaTV San Jose
Aug 31, 2016
San Jose, CA, August 31, 2016 – CreaTV San Jose is pleased to announce Chad A. Johnston as the new CEO. Chad will assume responsibilities on October 17, 2016, succeeding Suzanne St. John-Crane, who stepped down in March 2016 to become the CEO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley.

Chad brings more than a decade of community media leadership experience to the organization, most recently as the Executive Director of the St. Paul Neighborhood Network in St. Paul, Minnesota. After a five-month process, he was selected by the CreaTV Board of Directors through the search committee chaired by Breanna Gilbert and Gerry De Young, from a pool of 200 individuals who applied from all over the United States.

"We are delighted to welcome Chad to San Jose," said Michael Elliott, Chair of the CreaTV Board of Directors.  "He brings immense talent and experience, and a unique perspective on the power and potential of community media."

A video producer himself, Chad has worked throughout the United States and internationally as an independent journalist and community media leader.  As Executive Director of the People's Channel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he doubled the organization's staff and annual budget.  As a board member of the Alliance for Community Media, he advocated for strong federal policies in support of access centers.  And, as alumni of Antioch College, he was part of the effort to relaunch the historic school after financial difficulties had forced its parent organization to close its doors.

“I'm very excited and grateful for the opportunity to help lead CreaTV through its next phase of development,” said Chad Johnston. “CreaTV has a national reputation for being an innovative, responsive and nimble community media organization. I look forward to serving the San Jose community, helping to amplify the voices of those who are least often heard. This is an incredibly exciting time for an organization like CreaTV, whose work focuses on art, equity and technology, to help individuals and organizations tell the stories that are truly reflective of the community.”

About CreaTV San Jose: CreaTV San Jose is the member-based, nonprofit community media center that manages the public and education TV and Internet channels for the City of San Jose. CreaTV fulfills its mission to inspire, educate and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic engagement, by providing the free airtime and low-cost training and tools that allow diverse and underserved communities to tell their stories through video.

Since its inception in 2008, CreaTV has aired more than 22,000 community videos in eight languages, helped hundreds of non-profits tell their stories and build capacity and served more than 20,000 youth through our MAP grant to San Jose schools and partnerships with Adobe Youth Voices, Silicon Valley Creates, Xilinx Educational Ecosystem and Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.

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