S. Decker Anstrom serves on the board of directors of Discovery Communications. In addition to serving on IEL's board, he is also on the boards of several national nonprofit groups: the National Environmental Education Foundation, Island Press, Climate Central, and Planet Forward, and the Arena Stage of Washington, D.C.
Anstrom, who lives in Washington, D.C., served as U.S. ambassador and head of the U.S. Delegation to the 2011 and 2015 World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC 12 and 15), held under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union. WRC’s, which convene every 3-4 years, are treaty-level conferences involving more than 150 countries that consider international and regional spectrum allocation and regulatory issues that support satellite, mobile, aviation and other wireless services.
He retired as president of Landmark Communications and chairman of The Weather Channel Companies in late 2008, following Landmark’s sale of The Weather Channel to NBC. He also served on the board of directors of the Comcast Corporation from 2001-2011. Prior to his positions at Landmark (headquartered in Norfolk, Virgnia), Anstrom had a long career in public service and in the communications industry. During the Carter Administration, he was a senior staff member in the White House Office of Management and Budget, working on the creation of the U.S. Department of Education, and then served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. He subsequently joined and later became President of Public Strategies, a Washington-based public policy consulting firm.
In 1987 he joined the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) as executive vice president; he became president and CEO in 1994. During his tenure he led the cable industry’s efforts that helped result in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In 1999, Anstrom joined The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC -- which included The Weather Channel cable network, weather.com, and WSI, the leading business-to-business weather provider) in Atlanta, Georgia, as president and CEO. In 2002, he became president of Landmark Communications, a privately held diversified media company that owned newspapers, local television stations, database centers and print and classified advertising businesses, as well as The Weather Channel Companies. In that position he also served as chairman of TWCC.
In addition, Anstrom has served on numerous cable industry boards (including NCTA, which he chaired for two years), two nonprofit boards in the Hampton Roads area (the Chrysler Museum and public television and radio broadcaster WHRO), and on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Anstrom received a BA degree from Macalester College in St. Paul., Minnesota and attended the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University for one year.