Lisa Cooke Elected First Woman Chair of Visual Effects Society

Lisa Cooke
Courtesy of Visual Effects Society

Lisa Cooke has been elected the first woman chair of the Visual Effects Society, succeeding Mike Chambers, the society announced on Thursday.

The newly-elected board officers also include first vice chair Emma Clifton Perry, second vice chair David H. Tanaka, treasurer Jeff Okun (a past chair) and secretary Gavin Graham.

Cooke is the founder of Green Ray Media, which produces animation and VFX for scientific, medical and environmental media. Her earlier entertainment clients include Lucasfilm, Nickelodeon, Paramount and Universal.

"I’m proud to be the first woman in this role, and I'm committed to lifting up our future leaders, so that I'm not the last," Cooke said in a released statement, adding that she "looks forward to working with the executive committee and board of directors to support our members during these challenging times and advance the work to propel the society and the industry forward."

Despite Cooke's election, the VFX industry is still largely dominated by men. In fact, only two women have ever won Oscars in the category: Sara Bennett, for 2015's Ex Machina and Suzanne M. Benson, for 1986's Aliens.

VES represents an estimated 4200 artists from around the world.