Mary G.F. Bitterman, President

bittermanBefore becoming President of The Bernard Osher Foundation, Mary G.F. Bitterman most recently served as the President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation serving Californians, and as President and CEO of KQED, one of the leading public broadcasting centers in the Untied States. She has severed also as Executive Director of the Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority, Director of the Voice of America, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and Director of the East-West Center's Institute of Culture and Communication.

Bitterman currently is a director (and Chairman) of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), The Bernard Osher Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, Barclays Global Investors, and the Commonwealth Club of California. She has produced several documentaries for public television and has written on telecommunications development and role of media in developing societies. She is an Honorary Member of the National Presswomen's Federation and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Bitterman received her B.A. from Santa Clara University and her M.A. and Ph.D from Bryn Mawr College.