Who's on Board?

Behind the scenes: Who makes the Festival possible? We love our devoted Friends of the Festival, audiences, and volunteers. Now, meet some of the members of our amazing Board of Directors. 

We're looking for additions to our Board! Feeling inspired by their stories? Contact us to find out how you can get involved. 

Ambika Jain | Board Member; Screening Committee Member 

Why did you decide to get involved with SF Green Film Festival?

"The festival is the perfect intersection of films and the environment, both of which I am passionate about. One issue I care deeply about is sustainable food systems and food justice."

'A Day in the Life' of Ambika

"I am a video producer, and I also work as a volunteer with other organizations such the International Ocean Film Festival, the SF Silent Film Festival, and at my local educational garden -- Garden for the Environment."

What's one piece of advice you'd like to offer to readers?

"If any part of this festival speaks to you, get involved! There are so many ways to be involved and support this important work. You can donate, volunteer, become a member, spread the word about our films and screenings, host an event, etc. No gesture is too small!"


Randy Wittorp | Vice Chair, Board of Directors; Screening Committee Member; Sponsor

Why did you decide to get involved with SF Green Film Festival?

"The San Francisco Green Film Festival brings together two passions of mine:  the environment and film.  There's no greater issue of our time than protecting the health of our planet.  Everything we each care about depends upon stabilizing our climate, protecting our air and water supplies and making sure life on the Earth continues to thrive.  And film is a compelling way to tell real stories from all around the globe -- the programs and speakers are top notch.  From my very first day at the Green Film Festival, I was impressed how focuses on solutions and the power we each have to make a difference."

'A Day in the Life' of Randy 

"I have adopted an area of the Sierra near Truckee to focus on with my personal giving.  Each year I tithe a percentage of my income to contribute to The Nature Conservancy, three other land trusts and many other environmental organizations. California native plants are also a hobby of mine and when I have time, I have led nature walks as a volunteer.  And I'm an avid recycler!"

What's one piece of advice you'd like to offer to readers?

"Have hope and realize you can make a difference.  Every day think of something you can do.  Can you walk somewhere and leave your car at home?  Can you buy some organic products even if it means paying a little more?  Can you bring a reusable mug to your favorite coffee house?  Can you pick up a few pieces of trash on a walk? There are so many things... If we all had that mindset, it would be very powerful.  And there are many studies showing selfless acts make us feel good and contribute to better physical health!"

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

"I always conclude the festival with hope and impressed at all of the amazing people I meet.  During times when the news seems heavy with negative stories, I feel encouraged by the people who are dedicating time toward positive change.  And I'm glad to have learned of more people who share my passion for protecting our planet!"


Kevin Krueger | Board Member

Why did you decide to get involved with SF Green Film Festival?

"I worked with Rachel the founder at another festival and when she founded SFGFF I joined as an advisory member. I'm an avid SCUBA diver (I'm on the left my husband on the right). I have a passion for ocean preservation/no plastics. This photo was taken right after my 300th dive July 2017."

'A Day in the Life' of Kevin 

"I am the Chief HR Officer for California's largest non profit skilled nursing facility. I've been a donor to the coral reef alliance and other bay area environmental organizations."

What's one piece of advice you'd like to offer to readers?

"The festival has so many opportunities to get involved, become a member, attend films and panel conversations, join our screening committee or volunteer during the festival. check out our events throughout the year."


Jason Kaminsky | Board Chair, Screening Committee Member 

Why did you decide to get involved with SF Green Film Festival?

"I first interacted with the Green Film Fest at a free library screening of "Bag It"- I already knew a lot about the harms of plastics, but there was a scene where they microwave their food in plastic and then get blood tests and can detect the plastics in their blood. It changed the way I view Tupperware forever. I got involved as a volunteer, help recruit my employer at the time to be a sponsor, and eventually joined the Board. I tend to get drawn to the nature and conservation films, and always appreciate the ones we show on energy, which is where I spend most of my time during the week."

'A Day in the Life' of Jason

"I've worked in the solar industry for about a decade, the large majority of that in solar finance. I'm currently an executive at kWh Analytics, a risk management firm that helps investors in the solar market better use their data to improve their investment decisions. I'm also a co-organizer of Data Science for Sustainability, a monthly speaker series hosted on meetup.com."

What's one piece of advice you'd like to offer to readers?

"Every year at the Fest I try to take one or two actions for the year. This year we're trying to reduce the amount of food waste that we generate at our house. I'd encourage readers to check out films that are outside their knowledge base and where you can learn something new. And it's always more enriching with a friend!"


Join us! 

We are seeking interested individuals from diverse backgrounds who have expertise in fundraising, event planning, environmental causes, film and film festival programming, and marketing. 

 

If you’re interested in joining us, please send a resume and a short statement of intent that explains why you’d like to join our board to ambika@greenfilmfest.org.