WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Porter, Director of Graduate Programs for the Howard University School of Business, and a veteran educator, entrepreneur, and consultant to cable diversity groups, has been named Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which oversees management of the Foundation.
Porter will commence his position with Kaitz on August 28, 2006 reporting to Kyle McSlarrow, President & CEO, NCTA. He succeeds Debbie Smith, who departed Kaitz earlier this year to join the Human Resources department of Discovery Communications.
“David has provided inspirational leadership on diversity issues for two decades and has made a significant contribution to the advancement of diversity among large American companies,” noted McSlarrow. “His expertise and insight, as well as his relationships with diversity leaders across the country, will help strengthen the Kaitz Foundation’s position as the pre-eminent supporter of diversity initiatives in the cable industry.”
“I’ve enjoyed my relationship with cable diversity advocates and have admired the work of the Kaitz Foundation for many years,” said Porter. “I’m eager to help fulfill the Foundation’s mission to fuel the growth of diversity initiatives for the cable industry, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to expand and enhance the sterling legacy of the Foundation.”
Porter has served in his position at Howard University in Washington, D.C., since 2003. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School and served as faculty director as well as co-creator of the UCLA African American Leadership Institute.
At UCLA, Porter helped develop the Executive Leadership Development Program of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), which in recent years has provided leadership training at the Anderson School to hundreds of NAMIC members and cable executives of color.
Porter also has held professional positions at Amoco, Pacific Bell, and Xerox; served as Treasurer of the National Society of Black Engineers; and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies on diversity-related issues.
Porter holds five college degrees: a PhD in organizational behavior and a Masters Degree in Sociology from Harvard; as well as a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering, a Masters Degree in Sociology, and a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering, all from Stanford.