Sylvia Strobel is the Chief Operating Officer for ideastream, where she oversees management of WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN-FM and WCLV-FM 104.9 the Ohio Channel and Ohio Government Telecommunications, ideastream.org, social media and technology. Before joining ideastream, Sylvia served on the executive management team of American Public Media Group (APMG) as its senior vice president and general counsel. She was a key adviser on all major business transactions, including acquisitions and joint ventures and oversaw business affairs and government relations for APMG, Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and APMG’s additional businesses and entities.
Prior to APMG, Sylvia served as CEO of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) and the AWM Foundation in Washington, DC, president and general manager of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network, and as an attorney for Twin Cities Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Sylvia also co-founded the law firm Lehmann Strobel PLC, where she provided counsel to the nonprofit arts and cultural and media communities.
She received a BA from St. Olaf College, a JD from William Mitchell College of Law, and a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Sylvia sits on numerous boards and commissions. Sylvia and her husband, Walter Lehmann, have two children.