Deanna Mackey has served as the general manager of KPBS since June 30, 2022. As an executive leader and journalist, she has been committed to equity for women and girls, particularly women of color, throughout her more than 30-year career in nonprofit management and executive leadership in media. Her most recent role from 2015-2022 was president of the Public Television Major Market Group. There she focused her time on leadership/culture, revenue generation, audience development and digital on behalf of the group as well as national partnerships and system leadership activities. Previously, she worked for 25 years at KPBS, San Diego, serving as COO. Prior to her earlier work with KPBS, Deanna was a writer and editor for several San Diego-based publications. She spent her early years in journalism as a radio news writer. In 2015, Mackey co-founded Public Media Women in Leadership, to provide mentorship/training for women in her industry and address issues of gender inequity in public media.
Deanna is committed to public service. For 13 years, she served as a Girl Scout troop leader. All 17 of her active troop members are currently attending college. She is vice-chair of the board of directors of Parks, California, a board member of the CDP, and she recently completed a term on the governance and nominating committee of inewsource. She was a 2021 finalist for the National Association of Women Business Owners and, in 2018, she received the Hera Heroine Leadership Award. She has been named a YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry honoree, an Outstanding Alumnus from SDSU’s Daily Aztec newspaper, and was named one of five “Women who Move the City” by San Diego Magazine.
Deanna earned her Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University with a double major in journalism and political science. She lives in San Diego and is married to Christopher Ingalls. She and her husband have five children between them, one granddaughter, and one lovely Lab.
Deanna thanks her sponsors Patti Roscoe, Divya Kakaiya and Suzanne Marmion.