Simon served as chief operating officer of American Documentary for six years before assuming the role of executive director in Fall 2006. Since joining AmDoc in 1999, he has played a key role in helping to set strategic direction for the organization and implementing new initiatives, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV's co-production initiative in support of emerging filmmakers; POV's Borders, PBS' Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives, a second-run series for independent documentaries on public television. In addition, he worked to secure pioneering partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers and enhance branding for POV Previously, Simon was associate director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a nonprofit literary arts and education organization and publisher, where he is now a member of the board of directors. He has also served as a board member and treasurer for Elders Share the Arts and East Harlem Block Schools, and as an informal advisor and funding panel member for other organizations including the New York City Center for Arts Education, the Association for Independent Video and Filmmakers and New York State Council on the Arts. Simon attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Columbia University Business School's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.
Executive Vice President | Co-Executive Producer
American Documentary | POV
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Cynthia López joined American Documentary | POV in 2000 and since 2006 has served as executive vice president | co-executive producer of the award-winning POV (Point of View) documentary series. López is responsible for all aspects of the organization's development, including programming, community engagement, digital strategies, communications and overall strategic growth of the organization. She has forged innovative partnerships with Harpo Studios, ABC News' Nightline, Discovery Channel, The Metropolotan Transportation Authority (MTA), The Moth, Netflix, The New York Times, Pentagram, StoryCorps and WNYC.
During López's tenure, POV has earned numerous awards. In 2013, it was one of only 13 nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Among its other honors are a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two IDA Awards for Best Continuing Series, 32 additional Emmy Awards, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards®, the Prix Italia and the Webby. López is the recipient of eight News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
A focus of López's work has been to mentor first-time and diverse filmmakers through the Diverse Voices Project, Youth Views Institute and Project VoiceScape. López is the founding chair of the board of directors and a trustee of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers). She also serves on the board of directors for Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and is on the World Bank Connect4Climate, 2013 jury.
She has curated and organized major public museum and educational forums at institutions such as the Newseum, MoMA and the National Museum of the American Indian, world renowned Apollo Theater as well as on Capitol Hill. She has also served on the Australian International Documentary Conference F4 jury, the Tribeca Film Institute's 2012 Latin America Media Arts Fund and the Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival jury (Ireland), as well as the 2012 Pare Lorentz Award Committee, Jerome Foundation, Sundance Documentary Fund Committee and the IDA Selection Committee. In addition to serving on numerous juries and panels, she has presented at the New York State Senate 3rd Annual Hispanic Conference, The Hot Doc- Blue Ice Lab, and has been a featured keynote speaker at MediMed in Sitges, Spain.
MARY T. AN
Mary is the Development Manager of POV. Joining in late 2013, Mary heads POV's development efforts with major funding from PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, from private institutions such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and from private individuals. Before joining POV, Mary managed and advised governance projects in international post-conflict settings. She served over two years with United Nations Development Programme in Khartoum, Sudan working on a $98 million project strengthening democracy and ensuring elections. Activities included training local journalists and supporting media outlets. She has consulted for UN Women, National Democratic Institute, the Carter Center, Open Society Foundation, Emory University, and the United Nations Foundation and she is passionate about the transformational powers of media. Mary has traveled in over 45 countries, and holds a bachelor's from Scripps College and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
DIGITAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATE, POV DIGITAL
Shannon is the Digital Community Associate in POV's Digital department. Prior to joining POV in January 2013, she worked on documentary projects that promoted community engagement, cross-cultural understanding and human rights advocacy. She was a 2012-2013 Collaborative Fellow at UnionDocs, a center for documentary art. Carroll holds a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Betty was the operations manager at the Kingsbridge Women's Assessment Center in the Bronx for over five years. In 2000, she was hired as POV's office manager, and she has since expanded her role. As a member of the administrative team of AmDoc, Betty manages the organization's financial activities, administers employee benefits and oversees all aspects of AmDoc's operations. In addition, she coordinates POV's annual mailings and special events.
WEB PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL
Emma is a Web Producer at POV Digital. She is currently working on an independent documentary project, Folk to Folk. Prior to POV, she spent time as a content writer at Emerson College's Engagement Game Lab, helping to develop their city and community planning game platform Community Plan-It. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS
Cathy is responsible for publicizing POV's programs and initiatives to media and consumers. She joined POV in 2003 after five years as manager of program press relations at PBS. Previously, she served as public relations director at Bravo and the Independent Film Channel; Group W Satellite Communications, where she managed PR for TNN: The Nashville Network; Westwood One Radio Networks; and D.L. Blackman, where she promoted classical music artists and IMAX movies. She was also the manager of press, advertising and promotion for NBC and ABC Radio.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION MANAGER
Aubrey started at POV as an intern in 2011, and worked briefly as Special Events Coordinator before moving into a full time position in Community Engagement and Education. Prior to joining POV, she spent three years as an environmental educator and deckhand aboard wooden sailing ships, including the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which was co-founded by Pete Seeger. She has also worked as an Event Manager for UnionDocs, a documentary art space in Brooklyn, and served as a Production Assistant on a number of independent film and theater productions. Aubrey graduated from Whitman College with bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Film Studies.
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION
Eliza oversees the development and implementation of POV's national community engagement and education campaigns. She works with public television stations, educators, and community-based organizations to present community screenings of POV films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials to teachers nationwide. Over the years, she has expanded POV's community engagement activities by nearly 400% and increased POV's educational efforts by over 80%. To further develop these areas, Eliza established a Library Board and a Teachers' Advisory Board, which provide feedback on activities and help produce POV's companion resource materials. Before joining POV in 2001, she traveled extensively in Spain and Mexico, teaching English as a foreign language. Eliza is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University.
David has worked on the POV website, since its infancy, helping to develop and improve it as well as producing special features. David also oversees and administers POV's internal computer network, maintaining hardware and software for the POV staff. Prior to joining POV, David, served on the staff of CyberEd, an 18-wheeler Internet classroom that toured nationwide. Since 1997, David has worked independently as a computer consultant, specializing in systems, networks and Web design and construction.
Amanda is responsible for administering and coordinating all internal and external company branding, marketing and communications initiatives. Previously, Amanda worked in POV's community engagement and education department, where she first began as an intern in 2006 and then became staff in 2007. As community engagement and education coordinator, she organized over 500 events in partnership with high schools, colleges, museums, libraries and community based organizations across the country. Amanda graduated from Evergreen State College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in media studies and community development.
Lauren is the Development Coordinator at POV, where she communicates across all departments to produce reports for funders, writes proposals, oversees the newsletter, and contributes to all development efforts. Prior to joining POV in late 2012, she held diverse roles within the education field, as a middle school teacher, consultant to a startup education program with the New York City Department of Education, and with an education startup program in rural Zambia. Lauren holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree from Brooklyn College.
Nicole is the Administrative Assistant at POV. Prior to joining the staff in 2013, she interned at POV's Community Engagement and education Department. She has assisted New York-based documentary filmmakers in various stages of production. Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and International Relations from SUNY Geneseo.
CARMEN L. VICENCIO
Carmen is in charge of American Documentary's new 26-episode program, America ReFramed. Apart from working closely with the executive producers in programming the year round series, she oversees licensing, production, post production and administration of the show. Discovering filmmaking in college, Carmen's built a career in Asia and New York as Assistant Director, Post Production Supervisor, Line Producer, Producer and Director of award-winning short and long-form content for film, TV and digital media. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and Co-Chair of its Diversity Committee. You can find Carmen on Twitter and LinkedIn and follow America Reframed on Facebook.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL
Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, the Webby Award-winning department that drives storytelling innovation for the acclaimed PBS documentary series POV. At POV, Adnaan oversees digital production, programming and licensing, the POV Hackathon lab, and POV's social media, including POV's Documentary Blog. Before joining POV, Adnaan was an editor, contributing to some the nation's most prestigious news and information brands, including PBS NewsHour and WNYC New York Public Radio, and he was a founding editor at the local digital news organization DNAinfo. Adnaan has been an invited speaker at The Online News Association, IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam), Hot Docs, SILVERDOCS/AFI DOCS, The New School, Columbia University and UnionDocs, among others. He serves as a jury member for documentary and new media festivals and is a member of IFP's Advisory Panel and PBS's Interactive Producers Council. He is a former film festival director (Light Plays Tricks and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival) and continues to lead the software company Science Bistro. Connect with Adnaan on Twitter and LinkedIn.
VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCTION
Chris and his team work closely with the executive director in the areas of programming, production and PBS station relations. Previously, he worked as associate producer and production office manager on the documentary Blue Vinyl (HBO, 2002). Chris spent a number of years as vice president of sales and acquisitions at Angelika Films International, and at BNN-TV in New York as associate producer on projects for the History Channel and the Smithsonian Museum. He also produced the children's program An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance for the Museo Italo-Americano in San Francisco.