CMDS has an Advisory Board, led by the Director, consisting of four internationally prominent media and communication scholars and practitioners:
- Ellen Hume, Founding member of the International Media Development Advisers and Non-Resident CMDS Fellow;
- Professor Monroe Price, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania;
- Anya Schiffrin, Director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications (IMAC) Specialization of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University;
- Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab), New York University.