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Kirsten Schaffer has been named the new executive director of Women in Film, Los Angeles. Kirsten — who comes from Outfest, where she spent 14 years and had been executive director since 2009 — will take up her new position April 1, WIF president Cathy Schulman announced Tuesday.
Gayle Nachlis, WIF’s former executive director, will remain at WIF as the senior director of education.
During her tenure at Outfest, Schaffer launched three new programs: The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival and OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest. She was named one of Power Up’s Top 10 Women in Show Business, and in 2010 she received a Women in Business Award from California State Senator Carol Liu.
“Kirsten’s exceptional and wide-ranging skills in leadership and management, fundraising and financial oversight, strategic partner relationships and programming make her the ideal person to take Women In Film to the next level, as we build and refine our programs, identifying lever points to stop women from falling out of sustainable Hollywood industry careers,” Schulman said.
WIF is currently undergoing a reorganization to increase opportunities for women and girls in the media industries. Its focus going forward, the organization said, will be on advocacy for industry-wide change and on education to better prepare women. Under Schulman, currently servicing her second term as president, and Hannah Minghella, who serves as WIF’s executive committee chair, the organization is working to better define its strategies and also is inviting men to join its mission to end gender imbalances in the media.
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