Ms. Garber, former EVP of Marketing Strategy for Katz Media Group and President of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, retired from the corporate world in June 2017 to devote her time and talent to professional audio narration and non-profit work. Since then, she has recorded 6 audiobooks for Red Hen Press, available on Audible.com.
Mary Beth Garber’s Professional and Philanthropy Career
In June 2018, she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on a California Department of Consumer Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Executive Board of Equal Access International, a global initiative using interactive media and community engagement programs to empower women and youth while promoting peaceful and positive cultural norms. She has served on the EAI Board of Directors since 2006.
Ms. Garber is also on the Executive Board of Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, Variety Children’s Charity/So Cal, the Pointe at Malibu HOA and the Advisory Board of Alliance for Women in Media/So Calif.
Her leadership and management experience encompasses an array of Media Marketing as VP/Broadcast Media at Walt Disney Studios Buena Vista Pictures, ad agencies Chiat/Day and FCB, Local and National Radio Sales and Management at So Cal Broadcasters Assn, Katz Media Group, ABC and CBS.
Awards and Recognitions
Ms. Garber has received industry recognitions for her many career and philanthropic achievements, including the “Radio Legend Award” in 2013 and “Broadcaster of the Year” in 2008 by Radio Ink Magazine. Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles gave her their Lifesaver Award in 2011. P.I.R.A.T.E.S (PR alliance of So Cal) honored her for her community service work in 2007. She was the recipient of the 2000 Southern California Chapter of Alliance for Women in Media Genii Award for Excellence in Radio. In 2016, she received the prestigious Diamond Circle award from the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters for outstanding contributions to broadcasting. In 2017, and for each year since its inception in 1999, she was named one of Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in Radio.
Born near Baltimore, MD, as an Army brat, she had been in 9 countries on 3 continents by the time she was 9. She settled in the San Jose area for high school, moved to the Los Angeles area to attend and graduated from Pitzer College. She married Steven A. Garber in 1971, who passed in 2012. Her greatest joy is her son Greg and his family, including her two grandchildren. She lives in Malibu with her dog, Ernie.