Management And Governance
RFE/RL Senior Management
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jamie Fly resumed his leadership of RFE/RL as President and Chief Executive Officer on February 16, 2021, following his reappointment by the RFE/RL Board of Directors. Fly was first named RFE/RL President and Chief Executive Officer 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.
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 B.A. in Political Science from Beloit College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Secretary and General Counsel
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.
Assistant Secretary and Deputy General Counsel
Tanya Youngberg has served as RFE/RL’s deputy general counsel and assistant secretary of the corporation since June 2022. Youngberg previously worked for eight years as a litigator at Williams & Connolly and clerked for two federal judges. She was a language analyst at the United States Department of Defense before her legal career. Youngberg holds a B.A. from Brown University in Slavic Studies and International Relations, an M.A. from Harvard University in Regional Studies (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia), and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
RFE/RL Board of Directors
As a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c)3 corporation chartered in Delaware, all major policy determinations governing Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) operations are made by RFE/RL's Board of Directors. Each member of the RFE/RL Board is required by federal law to have "requisite expertise in journalism, technology, broadcasting, or diplomacy, or appropriate language or cultural understanding" relevant to RFE/RL's mission. Employees of U.S. government agencies are prohibited by law from serving on the RFE/RL Board.
Board Chair: Karen Kornbluh
Board Members: Scott Carpenter, Lisa Curtis, Jackson Diehl, Jamie Fly, Jeffrey Gedmin, Margaret Hoover, Michael Kempner, Kristin Lord, Tom Malinowski
RFE/RL’s corporate officers
- Jamie Fly, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Mark Kontos, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer)
- Benjamin Herman, General Counsel (Secretary)
- Tanya Youngberg, Deputy General Counsel (Assistant Secretary)
U.S. Agency for Global Media
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. Acting CEO Kelu Chao oversees all aspects of U.S. international media, providing day-to-day management of USAGM’s operations.
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. international public service media, including Voice of America, Radio and TV Marti, and the non-profit corporations that are BBG grantees: Radio Free Asia, RFE/RL, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN). 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.