VPR Board Chair Charlie Kireker Joins NPR Foundation Board

Jul 13, 2015

Charlie Kireker, Chair of Vermont Public Radio’s Board of Directors, has been elected to the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term.  

The NPR Foundation, established in 1992, enhances current and long-term financial support for NPR, in support of the NPR mission to create a more informed public. It also actively works to strengthen and expand the fundraising success of the NPR Member Stations and supports nationwide recognition and celebration of the generous donors dedicated to public media. The foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of NPR supporters from across the nation. The NPR Foundation secures a strong and stable future for NPR, through stewardship of its endowment.

“Ever since I worked as a reporter soon after college, I have viewed journalism as an essential building block of democratic societies,” Kireker said. “NPR has come to embody that mission, helping to ensure that our citizens have access to high-caliber, trustworthy information from all corners of the globe, delivered in multiple formats, seven days a week. I am honored to work towards the long-term success of public radio as an NPR Foundation trustee.”

Charlie Kireker is a co-founder of and senior advisor to FreshTracks Capital, which manages some $35 million in Limited Partner capital. Before launching FreshTracks in 2000, Kireker co-founded in 1993 Green Mountain Capital, L.P., a mezzanine Small Business Investment Company that invested in some 30 companies in northern New England. He also co-founded North Country Angels in 1999. Kireker is an experienced Board member and consultant to emerging growth companies, which have included EatingWell Media Group, Vermont Teddy Bear Company, KLD Analytics, and Autumn Harp.

Kireker formerly served as a Director of the Vermont Technology Council, The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the board of BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont. He was a founding Board member of the VT Forum on Sprawl, now Smart Growth Vermont, and has been a member of the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors under Governors Dean, Douglas and Shumlin. Kireker also serves on the Investment Committee of Shelburne Farms. He formerly chaired the Board of the Vermont Land Trust. During the mid-80s, Kireker was CEO of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency, before moving to Vermont to found his own real estate development and consulting company in Middlebury. Kireker graduated from Princeton University (1972) and Harvard University (MPP, 1981).

Kireker has served on the VPR Board of Directors since 2011, and he has served as chair since October 2014.  VPR’s Board of Directors is the entity legally responsible for the governance of VPR as a nonprofit corporation, and holds VPR’s FCC broadcast licenses. It helped shape the organization’s current strategic plan, which imagines VPR’s future as Vermont’s leading media organization and focuses on distinctive journalism, music discovery, philanthropic strength, and a transformational facility.

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