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The 2013 David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award

APTS presented The 2013 David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award to Jo Ellen Chatham for her outstanding work as a lay leader and advocate in the public broadcasting system, as well as serving as co-chair of the PBS SoCal board of trustees.
The APTS board of trustees created the David J. Brugger Grassroots Advocacy Award in honor of its former president and CEO, David Brugger, who worked tirelessly to recognize the tremendous contribution of grassroots advocates to the system.

Chatham is the co-chair of the PBS SoCal (KOCE) board of trustees, which owns and operates PBS SoCal, the second most-viewed of 347 PBS stations in the United States. She is also the strategic planning manager for local public affairs for the Southern California Edison Company. Chatham is a member of the board of directors of the Pacific Symphony and a member of the Leadership Council for the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California at Irvine. In recent years, Chatham has served as an officer of numerous community organizations, including the Orange County Business Council, California State Bar Association, CleanTech OC, the Orange County Forum, the Orange County Taxpayers Association, the World Affairs Council and the Orange County Red Cross. She has been a member of the Board of Visitors for the Chapman University School of Law and the Commission on the Status of Women.
For 15 years, Chatham served as the first vice chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County and is first vice chairman emeritus. She has chaired the Education Committee, Speakers’ Bureau and the Political Education Committee for the California Republican Party (CRP) and continues to be a delegate to the CRP.

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