Ken Ikeda

I’m a serial entrepreneur and strategist obsessed with building capacity, assets and relevance with those whom are mission driven. My passion and experience are reflective of the work I’ve done with youth, homeless, educators, activists, storytellers, artists, technologists and broadcasters. As a member of a remarkable network of co-conspirators, my friends and allies contribute intelligence, community, and purpose to everything that I do.

While life and work are intertwined, my world revolves around my partner and three boys in Oakland. When not with them, you might find me riding, breaking and fixing motorcycles.

Full Biography

A former public media CEO and nonprofit Executive Director, organizations under Ken’s direction have secured $150m+ in private equity investment and philanthropic support; managed an $8.5m loan fund; worked with Sundance, MOMA, Merce Cunningham, HUD, NEA, PBS, NPR, NSF and DOL; negotiated over $300m in mergers and acquisitions that grew public radio’s audience reach by 65 million+ listeners; consulted with over 250 public broadcasting station GM’s and University Trustees; oversaw the country’s first 10 GB municipal fiber optic networked arts NGO; co-authored the National Public Lightpath white paper on the future of public broadband adopted by NPR, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; trained over 20,000 incumbent digital media employees for companies as diverse as Pandora, Pixar and Wells Fargo; and recognized by the MacArthur Foundation's "genius award" for organizations (, now titled the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In 2001, he launched a youth media program from within Oakland Unified’s McClymonds High School that grew to serve 46 middle and high school programs across the Bay Area, partner with universities for college credits, technical certifications and creative pathways for continued education and professional development. He is a founder of the youth record label, Bay Unity Music Project, and has extensive policy, research and data management expertise through work with the NYC Department of Homeless Services, NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy and Stanford University’s John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Most recently, he was co-architect and originator of the public media news sharing platform, ChannelX and the music video streaming collective, VuHaus. He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University and his graduate studies in Education Anthropology at Stanford University. Ken's Board service includes: Youth SpeaksGreater Public, The Working Group, Center for Asian American MediaNew Art Trust, and National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture