Kirsten Schaffer

Executive Director

Kirsten Schaffer is the Executive Director of Women In Film, Los Angeles the preeminent organization promoting gender parity in Hollywood. Previously, she spent fourteen years at Outfest, as Director of Programming 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. Kirsten was named one of POWER UP’s “Top 10 Women in Show Business,” and was the recipient of 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, ReFrame

Alison Emilio is Director of ReFrame, a joint initiative of Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles. ReFrame is a growing coalition of industry leaders and 50+ Ambassadors – producers, directors, agents, studio executives –  to bring about measurable progress in achieving gender equity and advancing female filmmakers in film, TV, and media.

Prior to ReFrame, Alison served as Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for CreativeFuture.  Her feature film work includes Lorimar Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema (New York and Los Angeles) as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, responsible for the marketing, publicity, and promotional campaigns for more than 25 films, as well as corporate and financial communications. She established the U.S. office of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, generating over $150 million in revenue.

Alison serves on the Advisory Board of the Horizon Award, which advances gender parity in media and provides sponsorship and mentorship to the next generation of female filmmakers. Emilio’s producing credits include Handmade Films’ Dinner at Fred’s, starring Parker Posey, Gil Bellows, and Christopher Lloyd; Drowning on Dry Land, starring Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews; and Someone is Watching, starring Stephanie Powers, for Lifetime.

Maikiko James

Manager of Operations and Public Programs

Maikiko is Manager of Operations and Public Programs of Women In Film, managing daily operations, public and member program offerings, including the inaugural WIF/Black List TV Episodic Lab. She came to WIF in 2014 after six years with Active Voice, working 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, she performs regularly around Los Angeles.  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. Website

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.

Yasmine Diaz

Development Coordinator

Yasmine Diaz is excited to join the team at Women in Film. Prior to WIF, Yasmine served as Operations Manager of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies. Yasmine is also a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been featured in the BBC News, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and is on permanent display at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. She is a proud founding member of the Alliance of Visual Artists in Los Angeles and a current fellow of at land’s edge. Born and raised in Chicago, Yasmine lived in New Mexico, Oregon, and Argentina before happily settling in L.A.

Melissa Verdugo

Program Coordinator

Melissa Verdugo is a versatile Producer in the Television, Film and Live Event space. She got her start in Theater Production and Arts Education before moving to the live comedy space as the Director of Corporate Booking for LEG Live. She soon combined her backgrounds to become a Talent Manager for Levity Entertainment, building a strong roster of Stand Up Comedians and Comedic & Broadway Actors over the course of 6 years before moving on to Producing full time. Her credits include producing over 15 Stand Up Specials for Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime, numerous pilots for Travel Channel and Food Network, National Campaigns for Taco Bell, Dr. Pepper, and Angel Soft with Deutsch LA, the inaugural year of the Cabo Comedy Festival, and the 2016 Annual Financing Intensive for Women In Film. Melissa is currently in Development on numerous scripted projects and strives to tell stories that positively impact our world.

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: Lauren Williams, Stephanie Austin


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