I am Leland Thompson, born and raised in Oakland Ca. I have been a KPFA listener for the past 15 years. KPFA has been my resource for local programming, both national and international news, music and more. My background is in management development leadership coaching &training. Having spent a number of years in technology world and the retail business world assisting teams and organization through major change initiatives and sustainability programs.
I am in complete support and endorse the views of the other candidates for SaveKPFA. www.savekpfa. When you vote me please vote for the candidates that also endorsed by saveKPFA. From my perspective the goal this is not only to save KFPA but, to ensure that KPFA is thriving and continues to bring quality programing to its community of both current and future listeners.
KPFA is a valuable resource. Not only delivery informative programming but in giving a voice to the communities/people it represents.
My goal is to support and be a part of the team in its efforts to bring about positive change, increase the listening audience and bring about more diversity and inclusion in the programming offered. As an African American man, a small business owner, member, resident and concerned Oakland citizen, my fear is that we could lose a valuable treasure and the important news and messages it delivers. It’s very important to me that KPFA, who address the issues of the community, continue to thrive and be an integral part of the community’s fabric.
As with any organization experiencing change there is tremendous opportunity to assist KPFA’s leadership in shaping a broader strategic plan to grow the listener base, increase staff development and training, broaden the volunteer base and begin to tap into a new generation of listeners, while at the same time intensifying the fundraising initiatives.
To accomplish this it will take a team of committed members from all walks of life with a focus on “what is in it for the listener? Asking the questions of: Are we improving as an organization? Are we measuring our progress and our plan to the mission of KPFA?
I believe its every board members responsibility to continuously look at ways to reach a broader community, exploring new ways to assist listeners in their ability to contribute financially or volunteer.
I have always been able to rely on KPFA address issues, that affect my community and I, but also to provide me with an in-depth look into the causes and effects of those issues. It would be a tremendous loss if this were to be jeopardized.
There is an opportunity to maximize the use of technology in reaching a new and broader audience. Through podcasting, youtube, vimeo and other forms of social media there is virtually no limit to the number of possible listeners that can be affected and influenced by the progressive and informative programing of KPFA. The focused use of social media has allowed the smallest of organizations to reach an audience the in the past may have been overlooked or out of reach. It will also allow the station to raise more money.
I have served on the board of various non-profits organizations over the past 25 years and the constant factor in their success is the teamwork amongst the paid staff, volunteers, Boards. Valuing customer/listener feedback. Always exploring new ways to impact the mission, welcoming debate and assuming positive intent in order to grow the base.