Rubydee Calvert, Vice Chair of the Wind River Cultural Centers Foundation (WRCCF), is a Fremont County and Wyoming native, having grown up and graduated from high school in Shoshoni, Wyoming, and graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1971 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education. She joined the WRCCF Board in 2021.
Regarding her service on the WRCCF Board, she commented, “Our three county museums have so many critical infrastructure needs, which complicates doing the important preservation and interpretation work of our Fremont County history. There is much to do, but our Foundation is off to a good start with our agreement with Lander’s Museum of the American West, and our overall mission planning. We have an energetic Board and I look forward to helping our Foundation be successful.”
Ruby’s love for local history and cultural affairs became a central part of her career when she took the job as Director of Programming for Wyoming PBS in 1982. During her tenure with the station, she produced and hosted many television programs on local and state history, cultural affairs, as well as election debates and several historical documentaries. In 1990, she formed a team that created and produced the signature series “Main Street, Wyoming”; in 2007, she helped create the public affairs series “Wyoming Chronicle” and was the Executive Producer for several documentaries that aired nationally on PBS. After 24 years in programming and production, she became the General Manager for Wyoming PBS and the President of the Wyoming PBS Foundation in 2006, and continued to serve in those positions until she retired in 2015.
While working at Wyoming PBS, Ruby also served two terms on the national PBS Board. In 2018 she was appointed by President Trump to serve on the national Board for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Ruby was reappointed to the CPB Board by President Biden in 2022 and was recently elected Vice Chair.
Ruby is a Riverton Rotarian and has also served on the Wyoming State Board of Education, the Riverton Memorial Hospital Board, and the Board of Trustees for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody.