Our Team

Rachel Caplan

Rachel Caplan
Founder & CEO

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Rachel Caplan is passionate about film as the spark for environmental ideas & action. In 2011, she launched the San Francisco Green Film Festival – now the USA West Coast's leading organization for films & discussions about people and the planet.

Rachel has been working in film exhibition for 20+ years, including the Edinburgh, London and San Francisco International Film Festivals and as a publicist 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 ocean-related films in North America. The vision for the Green Film Fest 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.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Rachel has a M.A. in Cinema & Television Studies from the British Film Institute (BFI) and has been a member of BAFTA since 2000. 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 · Jack Fanburg · Kate Faust · Bianca Munoz · Heaven Rosado

Guest Curator
Leah Mahan - IMPACT FILM series

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

Box Office
Box Cubed: Ben Armington · Mitchell Vaughn

Film Submission Screeners
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
Kontent Films - Festival Identity & Trailer
Studio KG - Festival Slide Loop

Photography
Jonathan Fong · Pamela Gentile · Tommy Lau

House Managers
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.