Ex-AFI exec Estrin to CRF


Jonathan Estrin, the former executive vp of the American Film Institute, has been named president of the Los Angeles-based Constitutional Rights Foundation. He succeeds Todd Clark, who served as exec director since 1990.

CRF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education organization that works to educate students about the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Longtime CRF staff member Marshall Croddy has been promoted to vp, heading programs and publications.

Most recently, Estrin ran a consulting practice in education, entertainment and new-media opportunities for nonprofit organizations. In September, after a three-year stint, he stepped down from his role at the AFI, where he supervised its K-12 Teacher Education program and its Conservatory of Filmmaking as well as film exhibition and new technologies.

Before that, he was the dean of the College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. Estrin, who chairs the board of Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international medical relief and development agency, also is a writer-producer whose credits include the Showtime movie "Jasper, Texas" and the teleplay for the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" TV movie "The Water Is Wide."