Stephanie joined EFF in July 2014 after 18 years with The Nature Conservancy, where she worked in a variety of capacities at the national, regional, and local level. Before that, she worked at the World Bank on biodiversity and natural resource management in West Africa. Since arriving in Washington, D.C. in 1994, Stephanie has enjoyed attending the Environmental Film Festival, where she was thrilled to find her professional interest in environmental conservation and personal interest in film converge. Having set a goal to watch all of AFIвЂ™s вЂњTop 100 FilmsвЂќ before the age of 30, she is enjoying having a day job where she can use the power of film to engage people in caring about the environment. Stephanie holds a masterвЂ™s degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelorвЂ™s degree in ecology and public policy from Princeton University. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three children.
Christopher Head has been Managing Director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital since 2008. He participates in all levels of programming the Festival, including researching and selecting films and negotiating the rights to screen films. He also negotiates with various speakers, including filmmakers and environmental experts so they may attend screenings for introductions and question and answer sessions. He also coordinates with venue partners to select dates, venues, and films to screen as co-presentations, in addition to securing venues where EFF is the sole presenter. He maintains all the Festival’s bookkeeping and helps with general office management and hiring. Before joining EFF in 2007, Christopher worked in production for Story House Productions in Washington, D.C. He graduated from American University with a B.A. in Film & Media Arts.
Director of Development
Jessie joined EFF as Director of Development in November, 2013.В She is responsible for raising funds to support the annual festival and year-round screenings.В She came to EFF from Defenders of Wildlife where she was VP for Development.В Before Defenders, she worked for National Wildlife Federation, National Parks Conservation Association, and World Wildlife Fund.В She has a B.A. from Wells College.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Owen joined the Environmental Film Festival in 2010, after working for several years in documentary film and television production. His film credits includeВ Torturing DemocracyВ (Winner, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award), Bill Moyers Presents: Capitol Crimes,В as well as a short film withВ Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. In addition to his film background, Owen has spent time working with leading global health & development organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the International AIDS Trust. Owen’s passion for film and the environment is rivaled only by his loathing ofВ 6:00AMВ conference calls.
BradВ is currently a Programmer for Environmental Film Festival in the NationвЂ™s Capital. He has worked as the director of photography for various documentary projects – including the upcoming film Painted City – and has served as a videographer for local production companies and universities, as well as at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.В He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Furman Univeristy and an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University.
Maribel was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador where she studied tourism and was a professional modern dancer.В She moved to Washington DC in 2005 when she joined the Environmental Film Festival in the NationвЂ™s Capital as a volunteer. In addition to her work for EFF, Maribel has helped launch environmental film festivals around the world. She strongly believes in the power of film to change the world and counts herself as evidence of this. After seeing the film Sharkwater she joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in two campaigns to save bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. Maribel is a dedicated yoga practitioner, soccer and tennis player, vegan, and world traveler. She always looks for the first opportunity go for an adventure, whether it is hiking in the Himalayas and Andes, rock climbing in Patagonia, diving in New Zealand and surfing in Central America.В She is an expedition leader for the Ocean DoctorвЂ™s Foundation and a proud bike commuter in DC.
Arjumand joined EFF in 2012 as a programmer with the intention of continuing her dedication to public programming. She came from the National Gallery of ArtвЂ™s Adult Programming department where she was first exposed to the importance of continuing educational outreach programs for families and individuals outside school realms. Arjumand has a degree in Art History, Political Science and South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a MasterвЂ™s Degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Her involvement with EFF has further developed her passion for the environment and strong desire to make a difference.
Megan hails from Boulder, Colorado where her passion for the environment was fostered at a young age. Family hikes, skiing and summers in the northern woods of Minnesota contributed to her appreciation for the outdoors. She has globe-trotted to many corners of the world вЂ“ from Costa Rica to Borneo, South Africa to Peru. Megan graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Communication Arts. So, you can likely imagine her excitement when she discovered EFF. Megan can often be found starting her sentences with вЂњso I saw this great environmental documentary,вЂќ which is a definite crowd pleaser at parties.
Director of Online Communications
Vanessa is a filmmaker, digital media producer, and life-long environmentalist. Here atВ EFF she is excited to create cross-platform media to help the festival and its films reach a wide audience and inspire action. Vanessa began her career producing both on-air and online content for the Discovery Networks. Her documentary short series, вЂњDeadliest Catch: The Real DutchвЂќ earned an Emmy nomination and Webby award.В She then followed her passion for environmental conservation and began creating media and marketing campaigns for non-profits such as The Jane Goodall Institute and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Her film work has screened at multiple film festivals, been featured in the New York Times and received over 6 million views online. When sheвЂ™s not making media, Vanessa spends her timeВ screen-free and outdoors with her husband and two children, and blogs about her familyвЂ™s adventures in nature at www.NatureBreak.org.
Director ofВ Public Affairs
Helen is a public relations consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. For the past 17 years she has worked as the publicist and writer/editor for the Environmental Film Festival in the NationвЂ™s Capital. From 1984 to 1990 she wrote and consulted for the World Wildlife Fund and prior to that she served as Public Relations Officer for the Smithsonian InstitutionвЂ™s Resident Associate Program from 1976 to 1982. Helen holds an M.S. degree from Boston UniversityвЂ™s School of Public Communication and a B.A. from Smith College. A native of Washington, D.C., she has lived in Europe and traveled on five continents.