Randall Feldman has worked in the world of education and non-profit organizations for more than 40 years. He has been President & General Manager of WYES, public television and digital media for New Orleans and the Gulf South, since 1990. He began his association with public broadcasting in 1977 at WNET/New York City; and has worked at public radio and television stations in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas. He also worked on system planning for the Interregional Council on Public Television Policy in Boston. Prior to that, he worked in education, anti-poverty efforts and arts administration, the latter alongside Nancy Brimhall. He is one of the few General Managers in educational television to hold a degree in education and to have taught in the classroom.
Outside WYES, Feldman has served on a variety of local and national Boards including the American Red Cross of Southeastern Louisiana (Executive Committee), the Rotary Club of New Orleans (President) and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (Treasurer). He was Vice Chair of the Host Organization Committee for the Rotary International 2011 Convention, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Delgado Community College. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Outreach (now the National Center for Community Engagement) and was co-founder of the (public television) Small Station Association. He currently serves on the Association of Public Television Stations board in Washington, D.C..
He has numerous national television production credits and is the recipient of a number of PBS development awards, as well as both the 21st Century Award and Edge Award from Association of Public Television Stations.
Feldman has in-depth and unique knowledge of the financial community through his tenure on the Board and chairmanship of the audit committee of a local community bank. In addition, he creatively put together a unique financing arrangement for the construction of the new WYES technical facility including traditional donations, state infrastructure tax credits and federal New Market Tax Credits.
His interest in long-range planning and the development of core statements of the mission, vision, and values of non-profit organizations began at the University of Wisconsin-Extension in the late 70’s and has developed over time through practical application with non-profit groups and public broadcasting entities, both at the local and national level. His experience in the classroom has served him well in these sessions. And his success at WYES in overcoming the challenges he faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina reflect the trust he places in the fundamental importance that planning and core beliefs play in the life of non-profit organizations.
Feldman has a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Michigan, and had done graduate studies in Theatre at Southern Methodist University.
He joined Brimhall & Associates in 2011 to offer his expertise in organizational development and strategic planning.