President and CEOMichael D. NievesPresident and CEO
As President and CEO, Mike oversees all of HITN’s operations and aligns the organization’s vision, mission and overall strategic direction for HITN’s noncommercial television network, educational learning products and Educational Broadband Spectrum (EBS) licenses.
Before joining HITN, Mike served as Deputy Chief of Staff to three successive New York City Council speakers. In this capacity he served at separate times as the Director of State and Federal Affairs where he was the liaison between the New York City Council and the State of New York’s Office of the Governor and State Legislature and as Deputy Director for Council Services where he was responsible for overseeing the administrative functions and internal budget of the New York City Council and its 51 Council Members.
Chief Operating Officer and CFOKennedy PaulChief Operating Officer and CFO
As Chief Administrative Officer and CFO, Ken oversees the planning, development, and management of HITN’s financial, human resource, information technology, operations and administrative functions. Ken and his team are responsible for ensuring that the organization plans and executes efficiently and effectively across all functions within the organization.
Before joining HITN, Ken held some senior management roles in educational publishing including Scholastic Inc. and William H. Sadlier.
Ken is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York and a member of the American Institute and New York State Society of CPA’s. He earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his BS from Rider University.
General Counsel and Corporate SecretaryJonathan GuerraGeneral Counsel and Corporate Secretary
As General Counsel, Jonathan Guerra is responsible for advising the company on legal risk, managing the company’s legal matters and governance, negotiating HITN’s principal transactions, and overseeing the work of outside counsel.
Jonathan earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law and his BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Chief Learning Officer and Chief Development OfficerMaryann MarrapodiChief Learning Officer and Chief Development Officer
As CLO and CDO of HITN, Maryann is responsible for guiding the development and alignment of HITN’s educational content – on the air, online, and on the ground – and for overseeing the acquisition and application of the critical resources to manage this work.
Before her work at HITN, Maryann held a range of senior administrative positions in both the private and public sectors, including her role as Chief Learning Office for Teachscape, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Early Childhood and Special Assistant to the NYC Schools Chancellor.
Maryann holds graduate degrees from the City College of NY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Head of Television and Digital ServicesGuillermo SierraHead of Television and Digital Services
General Manager, EducationDavid RustGeneral Manager, Education
General Manager HITN-TVEric TurpinGeneral Manager HITN-TV
As General Manager for HITN’s television network, Eric Turpin is responsible for overseeing all of the network’s operations including television productions, program acquisitions, and cable, satellite and OTT distribution.
Before joining HITN, Eric held some senior roles in distribution at large media companies helping launch multiple programming services in music, Hispanic, lifestyle and sports categories through long-term distribution agreements with top cable, satellite, and digital programming distributors.
Eric earned a BA in Communications from Marist College and attended graduate classes at Harvard University’s Business School.