S. Decker Anstrom serves on the board of directors of Discovery Communications and on the boards of several national nonprofit environmental groups, including the National Environmental Education Foundation, where he is chair of the board; Island Press, where he earlier served as chair; Climate Central; and Planet Forward). He serves on and is the immediate past chair of IEL's board of directors.
During 2015-16,Anstrom, who lives in Washington, D.C., served as U.S. ambassador and head of the U.S. delegation to the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC15), held under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union. WRCs, which convene every three 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. Anstrom also served as the U.S. ambassador and head of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 WRC.
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 and chaired the Comcast Board’s Governance Committee.
Prior to his positions at Landmark (headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia), Anstrom had a long career in public service and in the communications industry. During the Carter Administration, he was 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, where he directed a broad range of public policy and economic analyses for investment banking, corporate, and nonprofit clients.
In 1987 he joined the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) as executive vice president; he became president and CEO in 1994. During his tenure there, he led the cable industry’s efforts that helped result in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In 1999, Anstrom joined The Weather Channel Companies, which included The Weather Channel cable network, weather.com, and WSI, the leading business-to-business weather provider) in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 The Weather Channel Companies.
Anstrom has also 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.