Community Advisory Board


As a recipient of Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funds, WPFW is required to have a Community Advisory Board (CAB).  The CAB operates independently of WPFW’s management and its Local Station Board (LSB). We have no operational or day-to-day role in finance, personnel, programming, or in any other matter. Our independence ensures our ability to advise the LSB and station objectively. 

The function of the CAB is to review the station’s programming goals, services provided by the station, and any significant policy decisions made by the station. We serve as a vehicle for the community to effectively provide input to the LSB and Programming Director. The CAB advises the LSB and Programming Director with respect to whether the programming and other policies of WPFW are meeting the specialized education and cultural needs of the communities served by the station, and may make recommendations we deem appropriate to meet these needs. 


As outlined in the WPFW CAB bylaws, the CAB consists of up to12 members, including three officers - chairperson, vice-chair, and secretary. There are four committees within the CAB – Programming, Outreach, Bylaws and Membership, and Fundraising. Each member serves on at least two committees. Each committee is lead by a committee chair who reports to the CAB chair.


The CAB meets monthly to discuss and plan initiatives related to the review of the station’s programming goals, the services provided by the station, and any significant policy decisions made by the station. We engage with the LSB and the staff to undertake community outreach activities that help define the cultural and educational needs of the community. This might involve holding a series of public meetings, conducting listener surveys, acting as a soundboard for WPFW’s Programming Director, or assisting with outreach activities in the community. 


CAB members serve one two-year term, with the option to renew for one additional term. Members of the CAB must be actively engaged in CAB initiatives. This includes attending monthly meetings, sitting on at least two committees, productively contributing to discussions and planning sessions, and taking ownership of assignments as needed.


Any listener who is not a paid staff member, programmer of the station or the Pacifica Foundation, or member of the LSB can apply for membership on the CAB. To be considered for CAB membership, please complete the CAB Membership Application and submit it with your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The CAB accepts and reviews all applications on a rolling basis. Final candidates are selected and notified by the CAB. 


For community related concerns or issues please e-mail the CAB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .





The next CAB meeting will be held Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Neighborhood Library located at 115 Atlantic Street SW; Washington, DC 20032. All CAB meetings are open to the public.


If you are unable to attend, but would like to submit your concerns or comments about programming to the CAB, call the Chair at 202-498-1610. Copies of minutes from previous CAB meetings can be obtained below.




2019 CAB Members 


Aminyah Muhammad-M'Backe`, Chair
Collette Dawud, Co-Secretary
Thomas "Alan" Young



CAB Minutes

May 2019


October 2015

August 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015


November 2014

July 2014

June 2014

April 2014

March 2014

Feb 2014

Jan 2014


December 2013

October 2013

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August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

March 2013


November 2012

September 2012

May 2012

March 2012


November 2011

September 2011

July 2011

March 2011

January 2011