Kirsten Schaffer

Executive Director

Schaffer comes to Women In Film from fourteen years at Outfest, as Director of Programming and Deputy Director before being appointed Executive Director in 2009. She is widely credited as having grown Outfest into the leading LGBT media arts organization that it is. During Schaffer’s tenure at Outfest, she launched three new programs for the organization: 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. Kirsten has extensive experience in film programming, small business management and arts administration. She is a graduate of National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program and the Wells Fargo New Executive Director Institute and she is on the Board of Trustees for El Rio School. Kirsten was named one of POWER UP’s “Top 10 Women in Show Business,” and in 2010 she received a “Women in Business” Award from Senator Liu.

Gayle Nachlis

Senior Director, Education

Currently the Senior Director of Education, Gayle Nachlis joined Women In Film as Executive Director in 2005, following a 29-year career as a Talent Agent and Vice President at the William Morris Agency. When she took the reins at Women In Film, Ms. Nachlis reviewed all programming and conducted surveys of our members and industry leaders. As a result WIF trimmed the ideas that had little traction and created or expanded the programs that are relevant to the community. She broadened WIF’s reach with more and better television and new media programs and retooled the Mentoring and Internship Programs to enable accomplished professionals to support and nurture the next generation. Her goal is to provide women with the resources they need to survive and thrive in the industry.

Amy Guy

Director of Development

Amy begins her tenure at Women In Film as Director of Development after 25 years in fundraising. A native of Ohio, she began her development career at her alma mater, Kenyon College, and followed at a number of schools, museums, and arts organizations, including four years working on the campaign to build the iconic building for Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland. She received her Master’s in Education from The Ohio State University and has finally had it with the cold weather and snow of the north, so is very much looking forward to the sun and mild temps of Southern California. When she’s not working or driving her three teens to soccer and lacrosse, she enjoys playing tennis, running, practicing yoga, watching movies, and listening to music.

Alison Emilio

Director, Systemic Change Project

In July 2016, Alison Emilio was hired as Director of the Systemic Change Project, a joint initiative of Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles. The SCP is a growing coalition of industry leaders taking tangible steps to bring about measurable progress in achieving gender equity, with an initial emphasis on female directors in film and television.

Alison has over 25 years of experience in strategic marketing, communications, and arts advocacy. She has worked in senior marketing positions at New Line Cinema and Ontario Media Development Corporation, and most recently as VP of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for CreativeFuture, an arts advocacy organization. She studied film and photo arts at Ryerson and York Universities in Toronto and graduated with distinction from the UCLA Landscape Architecture program. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Horizon Award, which supports rising women filmmakers from colleges and universities around the world.

Maikiko James

Manager of Operations and Public Programs

Maikiko came to WIF in 2014 after six years with Active Voice, a national organization tackling social issues through the creative use of film, where she coordinated on multiple social engagement campaigns including those of Food Inc., Welcome to Shelbyville, Gideon’s Army, Kids for Cash, among others.  She acted as a Special Project Advisor on WIF supported documentary Seeking Asian Female, and co-producer of its sister web project,  An Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings trained improviser, you can see her perform monthly with her teams, Room to Improv and Great Personality, around LA.  Maikiko holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU

Morgan Green

Communications Coordinator

Since receiving her BA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Morgan Green has worked developing and producing web applications and video content. She has worked with both industry clients and nonprofit clients, including Video the Vote and WriteGirl. Her interdisciplinary artistic practice includes poetic engagement with both video and text. Her work has been curated in group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Malibu, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Chicago; as well as in online spaces and zines. In addition to working to build connections and awareness for Women In Film, Morgan is pursuing an MFA part-time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ashley Chrisman

Office Coordinator

Ashley Chrisman was born in Oakland, California, and raised on the south side of Chicago. She developed a strong passion for the arts at a very young age and has worked to cultivate and mold this passion into her focused disciplines of film and theatre. Ashley completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where she double majored in Psychology and Film Studies. Ashley went on to complete her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Production at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. While studying at USC, Ashley produced several advanced projects, thesis films and other short projects that have been shown at various festivals around the world.

Lauren Byrd

Program Coordinator

After several years of working in post-production in New York, Lauren moved to Los Angeles. She began her career in non-profit at Brave New Films, first as a fellow and later as a program coordinator for the education and community programs. Her year-long project focusing on directors can be found on her blog and BUST Magazine. Her passion for female filmmakers led her to Women In Film. She holds a Master’s Degree in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University. 

Women In Film Committees and Advisors

Women In Film thanks the outstanding leadership volunteers and Board Members who dedicate tremendous time and energy to fulfilling the mission of Women In Film.

PSA Production Program

Tessa Bell, Chair

Bonnie Spence, Chair Emeritus

Judith Parker Harris, Founding Chair

Committee: Luann Barry, Michele Blackwell, Roxanne Lane, Cecilia Russell, Natalie Metzger, Shay Moore, Julie Nicholson, Nina Nisenholtz, Betsy Pollock, Gerri Wormser


The Legacy Series

Ilene Kahn Power, Chair and Executive Producer of The Legacy Series

Linda Feferman, Co-Chair and Director of The Legacy Series

Susan Cartsonis, Co-Chair

Dorothea Petrie, Chair Emeritus

Committee: Clare Baren, Producer, Candace Block, Jane Fleming, Pandora Kan, Lisa Lapan, Sharon Lawrence, Deborah Miller, Nina Nisenholtz



Committee: Clare Baren, Ivy Kagan Bierman, Lillah McCarthy, Pat Quinn, Cathleen Summers


Film Finishing Fund

Nancy Rae Stone and Betsy Pollock, Co-Chairs


Screening Series

Stephanie Allain, WIF Board Advisor



Jane Fleming, Amy Baer, Keri Putnam- Co-Chairs



Stephanie Austin, Chair

Committee: Carol Chacamaty



Concepción Lara and Ghen Laraya Long, Co-Chairs

Committee: Karene Jullien, Maikiko James, Val Farrelly, Betty Bailey, Dakota Bailey, Laura Saitta, Alexandra Boylan, Bridget Jurgens, Kirstie Palmer, Pam Rodi, Rory Gory, Angela Gyetvan, Mhairi Morrison, Meredith Riley Stewart, Marci Urling, Brigitte Waites, Bernadette Wysocki


Women In Film International

Ruby Lopez and Arati Misro, Co-Chairs

Ghen Laraya Long, WIF Board Advisor



Orly Adelson, Danica Krislovich, Sandra Stern- Co-Chairs

Committee: Iris Grossman


WIF in Park City

Lucy Webb, Chair

Committee: Hillary Bibicoff, Candace Bowen, Barbara Boyle, Lisa Gewirtz, Iris Grossman, Jane Fleming, Hannah Minghella, Ilene Kahn Power


For The Record

Mollie Gregory, Chair

Clare Baren, Co-Chair


2015 Crystal + Lucy Auction

Ellen Olivier, Chair

Committee: Hillary Bibicoff, Cindy Bond, Karla Gordy Bristol, Susan Cartsonis, Mo Fitzgibbon, Khrishna Grace, Susan Kate Heaney, Sarah Jackson, Christina Mansky, Valerie Palincar, Marietta Putignano, Cathleen Summers, Ileana Vasquez, Sonia Machado-Hines, Brittney Wilson, Diah Wymont.