Marc Nathanson is one of America’s leading entrepreneurs, currently serving as Chairman of Mapleton Investments. A 40-year veteran of the communications industry, Nathanson founded and served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon Cable TV, which operated in 27 states and had joint ventures in Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Philippines, Mexico and India. In 1999, he sold Falcon to Paul Allen’s Charter Communications. Nathanson served as Vice Chairman of Charter from 2000-2008. Mr. Nathanson is Chairman of Mapleton Investments, a diversified investment holding company, specializing in real estate. He is also Chairman of Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the leading global maker of water conservation products.
President Clinton appointed Marc Nathanson (1995-2002) as Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which is an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government supported, non-military international broadcasting, whose mission is to promote freedom and democracy and enhance understanding through multi-media communications of accurate, objective and balanced news, information and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas. BBG broadcasting organizations include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Radio Free Asia and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. BBG broadcasts reach over 175 million people worldwide on a weekly basis. He was also a member of the Albanian Enterprise Fund.
In 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed him as her representative to the Board of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Mr. Nathanson is currently Vice Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). In addition, Mr. Nathanson is the Founder of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) for Los Angeles and was the first recipient of The LeRoy Baca Award from HSAC for “Outstanding Community Service.” He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, on the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the USC Annenberg School for Communications.
Marc Nathanson has received numerous honors and awards and received the 2009 Global Green Millennium Award for his contributions to improving the environment and was also elected to the Cable TV Hall of Fame and Cable Pioneers. In 2011, he received the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in saving the planet.