Our Team

Rachel_Caplan_small_320x232.jpgRachel Caplan ~ Founder & CEO

I’m passionate about how film can be the catalyst for massive environmental change on a local and global scale. In 2011, I launched the San Francisco Green Film Festival – now the Bay Area's leading festival of films and discussions about people and the planet

I’ve been working in film exhibition & distribution since 1997, including work for the EdinburghLondon and San Francisco International Film Festivals and as a film publicist with Intermedia and United International Pictures (handling international theatrical campaigns for Paramount, Universal, and DreamWorks). From 2007-2009, I was Festival Director for the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, the first and largest showcase for ocean related films in North America. The vision for the Green Film Festival grew out of this work and to fill the need for a dynamic forum for sharing diverse environmental stories in the city that’s at the forefront of both independent film and the global Green movement.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, I have a Master of Arts degree in Cinema & Television Studies from the British Film Institute (BFI) and have been a voting member of BAFTA since 2000. I served as Board Treasurer for Bay Area Women in Film & Media 2008-2011, and in 2014 joined the Board of Directors for Ninth Street Independent Film Center. I’m most likely to be found in one of the city’s many excellent cinemas or parks. Follow @rachelsf.


Gemma_Bradshaw_small_320x232.jpgGemma Bradshaw ~ COO, Strategy & Operations

Since winning a Blue Peter Badge for a recycling campaign poster at the age of 10, I’ve been passionate about influencing the environmental debate and encouraging people to play their part.

I have 10 years experience working for policy-led organizations in London and San Francisco, focusing on advocacy strategies; event management; and building partnerships to achieve change. This includes working for the London-based, local democracy think tank LGiU, leading their center for local sustainability. My research and advocacy influenced UK national policy and I presented my research at COP15 in Copenhagen. At Age UK (seniors advocacy organization), I focused on my passion for building community engagement in environmental sustainability, leading campaigns for a greater voice for seniors on these issues.

In 2012, I relocated to San Francisco and began freelance consultancy for a range of non-profits, including Goldman Environmental Prize, Rainforest Action Network and Global Fund for Women.

For the San Francisco Green Film Festival, I am currently focused on our fundraising strategy; a program to engage audiences in action (Lights! Camera! Take Action!); and festival production. Follow me @gemgemmy



Eun Choi ~ Graphic Design
Megan-Claire Tevas ~ Marketing Assistant
Jeanette Zhukov ~ Marketing Assistant

Caitlin Sislin ~ Development Consultant
Starr Wilson ~ Development Assistant
MaryJayne Zemer ~ Development Consultant

Jennifer Jung ~ Education Program Assistant

Alina Bekkerman ~ Special Events Coordinator
Julie Bonneau ~ Special Events Assistant
Sadie Waddington ~ Special Events Producer

Axelle Barrot-Gigon ~ Programming & Guest Coordinator
Nelson Borges ~ Submissions Coordinator

Larsen Associates
Karen Larsen
Vince Johnson

Screening Committee
Axelle Barrot-Gigon
Nelson Borges
Gemma Bradshaw
Lyndal Cairns
James Caldwell
Rachel Caplan
Connie Chan
Jonathan Fong
Mark Hunter
Heather Jackson
Ambika Jain
Jason Kaminsky
Kevin Krueger
Clare Lakewood
Seth Lalonde
Zoe Loftus-Farren
Heather Louie
Andrea Carla Michaels
Cella Mitchell
Chris Mungall
Karen Topakian
Kristina Tuohey
Mark Valentine
Nadia Ward
Libby Wood

Now is a great time to get involved with planning & production for the 2015 Festival – find out more and become a Volunteer.


Kevin Krueger, SPHR., Chief Human Resources Officer, Jewish Senior Living Group

Rachel Caplan, Founder & CEO, SF Green Film Festival

Heather Jackson, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Equal Access

Jason Kaminsky, VP - Partnerships, kWh Analytics

Gemma Bradshaw, COO - Strategy & Operations, SF Green Film Festival
Heather Louie, Sr. Technical Associate & Lead Auditor, SCS Global Services
Cynthia Phillips, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, G Media Partners

Skye Christensen, Educator, Facilitator; Co-Founder, SF Dance Film Festival
Lina Constantinovici, CEO, StartupNectar; Advisory Board, SXSW Eco; Mentor, Hub Ventures
Suzanne Harle, Founder, Green Planet Films
David McGuire, MPH, Director, Shark Stewards at Earth Island Institute
Heidi Quante, Creative Communications and Campaigns, Q Consulting
Shawn Rosenmoss, Development and Community Partnerships, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco
Mark Valentine, Strategy and Management Consultant, ReFrame It Consulting

Linda Blackaby, Cinema Projects
Gaetano Capizzi, Green Film Network
Isabel Fondevila, Roxie Theater
Diana Fuller, Roxie Theater
Suzanne Harle, Green Planet Films
Brian Schulz, Ninth Street Independent Film Center

Thank you, the many hundreds of passionate and dedicated volunteers who, since the first festival in 2011, have taken tickets, ushered audiences, set-up events (and cleaned-up afterwards), and created a warm welcome for all our guests. We couldn’t do it without you! Find out how to get involved on our Volunteer page.