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RFE/RL Senior Management

Jamie Fly

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Fly was appointed RFE/RL President and Chief Executive Officer by the RFE/RL Board of Directors on July 10, 2019, effective August 1, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Fly served as a senior fellow, co-director of the Alliance for Security Democracy, and director of the Future of Geopolitics and Asia programs at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served as counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) from 2013-17, serving as his foreign policy advisor during his presidential campaign. Prior to joining Senator Rubio’s staff in February 2013, he served as the executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) from its founding in early 2009. Prior to joining FPI, Fly served in the Bush administration at the National Security Council (2008-09) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2005-08). His articles and reviews have been published in a wide variety of outlets in the United States and Europe. For his work in the Department of Defense, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Fly received a B.A. in international studies and political science from American University and an M.A. in German and European studies from Georgetown University.

Daisy Sindelar

Vice President and Editor-in-Chief

Daisy Sindelar was appointed Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of RFE/RL, effective August 1, 2019. after serving as Acting President from December 2018-July 2019. Prior to her appointment as Acting President, Sindelar served as Director of the Current Time digital network, a 24/7 Russian-language global network led by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America. Sindelar has been with RFE/RL since February 2001 and contributed in various journalistic and editorial roles within our Central Newsroom. She advanced from Senior Correspondent to a management role as Regional Director, European Desk. Previous to joining RFE/RL she was managing editor of The Moscow Times and editor-in-chief of The St. Petersburg Times. Sindelar holds a B.A. in Russian studies from Bryn Mawr College, in addition to completing post-graduate journalism studies at the University of Florida and advanced Russian language studies at the Herzen Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg.

Mark Kontos

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer / Treasurer

Mark Kontos was selected as RFE/RL Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer of the Corporation in February 2020, and is based in Washington, DC. Prior to his appointment, Kontos served for twelve years as Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer of MITRE Corporation, which operates a series of U.S. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) that serve the public interest through systems engineering and applied sciences for large-scale, complex problems of importance for defense, intelligence and civilian agencies of the US government. Kontos has also served as CFO of Battelle Memorial Institute and AK Steel Corporation, and in senior level roles at Citibank/Citigroup. Kontos earned a BA in Political Science from Beloit College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago..

Stephanie Schmidt

Budget Director / Assistant Treasurer

Stephanie Schmidt has served as RFE/RL's Budget Director and Assistant Treasurer of the Corporation since 2016. , was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer on September 1, 2018; Schmidt also served as Acting CFO from September 2018 to February 2020, and or a 15-month term in 2015-2016. Schmidt joined RFE/RL in 2007, working in Prague in administrative and project management with the News Division, then transferring in 2011 to Washington as Budget Officer. Schmidt has managed RFE/RL's budget through such challenges as U.S. government shutdowns, sequestration, the forcible closures of RFE/RL operations in Azerbaijan and Pakistan, and the transfer of Radio Free Iraq, as well as the recent period of growth that has brought additional funding for new programming initiatives for Russia and its periphery. Before joining RFE/RL, Schmidt worked at various international NGOs and think-tanks and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kosice, Slovakia (1999-2001). Schmidt earned a B.A. in International Studies from American University, cum laude, and also holds a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Benjamin Herman

General Counsel / Secretary

Benjamin Herman is RFE/RL's General Counsel and the Secretary of the Corporation. He graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a degree in Russian Studies, earned a Master's degree in Czech Language and Literature from UC Berkeley in 1994, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 1998. After receiving his law degree, Herman spent four years as an associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell before joining RFE/RL in 2002.

Corporate Governance

RFE/RL, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation, funded by the U.S. Congress through the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media.

Under IRS rules, RFE/RL, Inc. is a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c) 3 corporation. Chartered in Delaware, it receives federal grants as a private grantee. RFE/RL maintains a corporate office in Washington, D.C.

RFE/RL's corporate board is made up of all members of the USAGM Board, and is chiared by USAGM Board Chairman Kenneth Weinstein.​

Kenneth Weinstein

Kenneth Weinstein has been President and CEO of Hudson Institute since 2011. Since joining Hudson Institute in 1999, he has held several other positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Fellow, and Director of the Washington Office. Chairman Weinstein was confirmed as a member of the board on September 23, 2013, and as Acting Chairman on January 25, 2017.
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Dr. Leon Aron

Dr. Leon Aron is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a position he has held since 1993. He was a weekly Contributor at the Voice of America’s Russian language radio and television show Gliadya iz Ameriki (Looking from America) from 1990 to 2004.
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Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Ambassador Ryan Crocker is currently a Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University. He is on a leave of absence from Texas A&M University as an Executive Professor. From 2010-2011 and 2013-2016, he served as Dean of the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M - a position from which he took a leave of absence to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.
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Michael Kempner

Michael W. Kempner is the Founder, President, and CEO of MWW, a public relations firm he founded in 1986. He is board member of Goodwill Industries International and a Founding Board Member of ConnectOne Bancorp. He served on the White House Council for Community Solutions from 2010 to 2012.
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Ambassador Karen Kornbluh

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Nielsen, responsible for global public policy, privacy strategy, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Nielsen, Kornbluh was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2009-2012. Previously, she was Policy Director for then-Senator Barack Obama.
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Secretary Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo is an attorney, former U.S. Congressman and CIA Director. He was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. ​Secretary Pompeo serves on the BBG ex officio.
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Michelle Giuda

The Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs serves as the Secretary's representative on the Board.
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RFE/RL’s corporate officers

  • Jamie Fly, President & CEO
  • Daisy Sindelar, Vice President & Editor-in-Chief
  • Mark Kontos, Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer)
  • Stephanie Schmidt, Budget Director (Assistant Treasurer)
  • Benjamin Herman, General Counsel (Secretary)

Role of USAGM

In addition to providing oversight, the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of all U.S. civilian international media, including Voice of America, Radio and TV Marti, and the non-profit corporations that are BBG grantees: Radio Free Asia, RFE/RL, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra, Radio Sawa). USAGM also provides oversight of the work of the Open Technology Fund, which finances the development and distribution of cutting edge technologies and techniques to counter efforts by repressive regimes and closed societies to block access to objective news and information.