Former Nat Geo Exec Maryanne Culpepper Joins Environmental Film Festival

Dated: July 12, 2016

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.

Culpepper currently serves on the board of the New York Wild Film Festival and the advisory board for Women in Film and Video in Washington DC. She was previously a board member of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

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.

Ms. Culpepper, who assumed her new position on July 1, holds an M.A. in Mass Communication and a B.S. in Journalism and Communications, both from the University of Florida. “I’ve been in the audience at the Environmental Film Festival for years and am thrilled to now have the opportunity to step into a role where I can help it grow,” said Ms. Culpepper. “I’ll be looking for ways to expand the Festival’s impact and online presence, engage millennial audiences, and connect filmmakers with opportunities to make a difference in our world.”

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