Menlo College’s 2020 Commencement Speaker Mary G. F. Bitterman, President of The Bernard Osher Foundation

(Atherton, California/February 05, 2020) Menlo College announces that Mary G. F. Bitterman, President of The Bernard Osher Foundation, will be the speaker at the College’s 92nd commencement ceremonies, to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Prior to becoming President of The Osher Foundation in 2004, Dr. Bitterman served as President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, and before that as President and CEO of KQED, a major American public broadcasting center. She has served as Director of the Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority, the Voice of America, the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and the East-West Center’s Institute of Culture and Communication.

Dr. Bitterman is currently a director of Bank of Hawaii, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Commonwealth Club of California, and the Hawaii Community Foundation, and she chairs the PBS Foundation Board. She is also an Advisory Council member of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the Public Policy Institute of California, and Pacific Forum. She is an Honorary Member of the National Presswomen’s Federation and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Dr. Bitterman received her B.A. from Santa Clara University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. She holds honorary doctorates from the Dominican University of California, Santa Clara University, and the University of Richmond.