Chief Executive Officer
Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations

The Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations (Ampers) is an association of 18 independent community radio stations in Minnesota. Ampers raises revenue for the organization and its member stations through corporate donations and underwriting, individual donations, as well as lobbying for state funding. Ampers mission is to strengthen its member stations and help them to better serve their communities by generating revenue, developing and sharing programming, and advocating at the state and national level. Ampers is the largest association of its kind in the United States. The stations primarily serve underserved populations including communities of color, Native American, rural, new immigrant and student populations. Ampers has stations from Grand Marais, and Thief River Falls, to Mankato and Winona, and just about everywhere in between.

In his role as CEO of Ampers, Joel oversees all fundraising, lobbying, member relations, and staff development, as well as program and content creation.  Joel has a long history in the field of broadcasting, with leadership roles in sales and account management, new business development as well as television news. He has worked for several major media companies including Citadel Broadcasting, Hubbard Broadcasting, Entercom Communications, and local television stations across the country.  Joel holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri with minors in media management and political science. He has many leadership experiences and awards.  He currently serves on the Statewide Emergency Communications Board Integrated Public Warning System Committee (IPAWS) as well as the IPAWS Sub-Committee on Policy.  He has also served on the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul’s Board of Directors and chaired several committees for that organization as well as for the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area.  In addition, Joel has presented at numerous state and national conferences about connecting with diverse and underserved communities, new ways to raise revenue, and good governance.

According to Joel, “I have served on community boards and chaired marketing committees for several nonprofits in the Twin Cities. As the CEO of the Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations, I represent 18 independent grassroots community radio stations that serve underserved communities throughout the state. While I am based in the Twin Cities, we have stations that serve most of Minnesota's communities. Collectively we serve and have strong ties to Minnesota's Native American, rural, new immigrant and African American communities. I have grown Ampers from 12 to 18 stations, increased revenue from $80,000 to over $700,000 and helped the board transition to Carver's Policy Governance. My lobbying and advocacy work has significantly increased state funding for Ampers and our member stations. I work closely with many nonprofits and government agencies to help with their marketing and advocacy. I would bring more than 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, eight and a half years of non-profit leadership as well as nearly 30 years of broadcasting experience to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.”

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