Our Team

Rachel Caplan

Rachel Caplan
Founder & CEO

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Rachel Caplan is passionate about the power of film as a catalyst for change. In 2011, she launched the San Francisco Green Film Festival to build community and resilience to the climate emergency.

Rachel has been working in film curation and exhibition for 20+ years, including the Edinburgh, London and San Francisco International Film Festivals and as a publicist at UIP handling international theatrical campaigns for Paramount, Universal, and DreamWorks. From 2007-09, she was Festival Director for the International Ocean Film Festival, the first and largest showcase for marine films in North America. The vision for the SF Green Film Festival grew out of this work: to fill the need to bring communities together to share urgent environmental stories in the city that's at the forefront of both independent film and the global green movement. In 2011, she launched the Green Film Festival as the SF Bay Area's only environmental Arts event.

SF Green Film Festival is now a leading force for environmental films & discussions and recognized Internationally through membership of the Green Film Network, an association of 40 environmental film festivals worldwide, and official partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. In 9 years, SFGFF has grown to a year-round organization with small full-time staff. Since 2011, SFGFF has produced over 350 programs with 660 films & many more guest speakers, reaching audiences across the region.

Rachel's vision is for every city to have an environmental film & arts event! In 2019 she launched the 1st London Green Film Festival in partnership with Regent's Place, a 10-day outdoor event that is free to all.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Rachel has a M.A. in Cinema & Television Studies from the British Film Institute (BFI) and has been a voting member of BAFTA since 2001. She has lived in the SF Bay Area since 2003 and adores its many excellent cinemas and parks.

 

Emily Boleware

Emily Boleware

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Jocelyn Jarman

Jocelyn Jarman

Operations & Sponsorship Manager

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For the 2019 Festival

Interns
Mike Abate · Frances Chassler · Jack Fanburg · Kate Faust · Bianca Munoz · Heaven Rosado ·  

Programs
Kolmel W. Love - Filmmaker & Guest Liaison
Leah Mahan - Impact Film Forum Curator

Publicity
Larsen Associates: Karen Larsen · Nikolaj Leszczynski · Joel Shepard · Will Zang

Box Office
Box Cubed: Ben Armington · Mitchell Vaughn

Film Submission Screening Team
Tamara Alexa · Lauren Barnum · Nathan Birnbaum · Gemma Bradshaw · Lyndal Cairns · Rachel Caplan · Jack Fanburg · Krystal Jenie Fernandes · Jonathan Fong · Olly Goodman · Maribel Guevara · Stephanie Hilborn · Ria Howell · Heather Jackson · Ambika Jain · Jason Kaminsky · Kevin Krueger · Heather Louie · Carolyn McMaster · Francesca Prada · Nuria Seriñá Gutiérrez · Karen Topakian · Mark Valentine · Nadia Ward · Randy Wittorp

Marketing Committee
Lauren Barnum · Mark Decena · Carolyn McMaster · Nicole Scott · Karen Topakian · Ron Walter

Design
Michael Madfes - Festival Program Design & Production
Dorothy Mak - Festival collateral
Kontent Films - Festival Identity & Trailer
Studio KG - Festival Slide Loop

Photography
Gary Bridges · Jonathan Fong · Tommy Lau

House Managers
Anna Castleton · Joanna Chin · Candace Roberts · Jacob Rodriguez

Finance
Diane Mendez - Bookkeeper
Alicia Utley - CPA


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lauren Barnum

Lauren Barnum

Director of Partnerships
Tuolumne River Trust

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Mark Decena

Mark Decena

Founder/Director
Kontent Films

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Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson
Treasurer

Administrative Business Partner
Google

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Ambika Jain

Ambika Jain

Freelance Film/Video Producer

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Jason Kaminsky

Jason Kaminsky
Chairman

Chief Operating Officer
kWh Analytics

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Kevin Krueger

Kevin Krueger
Chairman Emeritus

Chief Human Resources Officer
Jewish Senior Living Group

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Heather Louie

Heather Louie
Secretary

Project Manager
Global Sustainability Team, GAP Inc.

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Carolyn McMaster

Carolyn McMaster

Principal
ThinkShift Communications

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Randy Wittorp

Randy Wittorp
Vice-Chair

Director of Public Affairs
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

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JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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[at]greenfilmfest.org


VOLUNTEER TEAMS

A huge thank you to 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 as a Volunteer.