Governance and Corporate Leadership


Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation, funded by the U.S. Congress through the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media.

Radio Free Asia’s corporate board is made up of the USAGM Chief Executive Officer and Director and members:

In addition to providing oversight, USAGM works with RFA to ensure the professional independence and integrity of all of its broadcasters, which include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, and the non-profit corporations that are USAGM grantees: Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

RFA’s corporate officers are:

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Biographies of the RFA Corporate Board follow.

Kelu Chao

Chao first joined Voice of America in 1997 and has since worked at VOA as a field reporter, Hong Kong bureau chief, Mandarin service chief and East Asia division director. She earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism from National Chengchi University in her native Taiwan, and Masters' in both Speech Communication and Instructional Media from Kent State University.

Bay Fang

As President, Ms. Fang provides Radio Free Asia with leadership, vision, and mission-based strategic and operational direction. She first came to RFA as Managing Director for East Asia, overseeing the management and editorial content of RFA’s five East Asian language services. She went on to become RFA’s Executive Editor, supervising coverage across all of Asia. Ms. Fang earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and was a.visiting fellow at Oxford University and a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong. She trained as a French chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and holds a brown belt in kung fu.

Bernadette Burns

Bernadette Mooney Burns has been RFA’s General Counsel since 2006 and was elected Secretary in 2008. Her legal career started in 1981 and includes service in the U.S. Navy JAG corps, private practice, corporate counsel and most recently as the Director of Legal Affairs with the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.

Patrick Andrew Taylor Jr.

Patrick Andrew Taylor Jr. has been RFA’s Chief Financial Officer since March 11, 1996 and is currently the Treasurer. Prior to joining RFA he was the Vice-President & CFO of TransCentury Corporation.

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