The Board of Directors of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the U.S., announces the appointment of former National Geographic media executive and award-winning independent filmmaker Maryanne Culpepper as the Festival’s new Executive Director.
Ms. Culpepper served for 17 years in executive positions at National Geographic Studios and Ventures, is the owner and executive producer of the media company Graffiti Works, and Adjunct Professor and former Shapiro Fellow at George Washington University. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of global environmental issues and organizations and her professional background includes extensive experience in management, fundraising, and strategic planning, as well as film creation and production.
A past Board Member of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Ms. Culpepper serves on the Board of the New York Wild Film Festival and on the Advisory Board of Women in Film and Video in Washington, D.C. She is currently completing production of a natural history film, Vamizi: Cradle of Coral, about endangered coral reefs off the coast of Mozambique.
Caroline Gabel, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors, said, “The Environmental Film Festival welcomes Maryanne to our team. She brings the vision, talent, and skills we need as we celebrate our 25th anniversary next year and plan our future trajectory, building a more environmentally aware and active community into the next 25 years and beyond. “
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