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Meet Hakim Bellamy. Hakim is Strategic Communications Director for the Media Literacy Project. Born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in South Jersey, he arrived in New Mexico on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2005. As the Strategic Communications Director for the Media Literacy Project he is the primary liaison between the organization and media outlets and develops messaging for all programs and campaigns. Prior to joining the Media Literacy Project, he was the Community Outreach Coordinator at the New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs. He currently serves on the governing council of Gordon Bernell Charter School, as an advisory board member for Young Non-profit Professionals Network and as a board member for Quote…UnQuote.
Joseph Douillette, the Teen New Media Program Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, also coordinatesRYMAEC, New England’s Regional Youth Media Arts Education Consortium. Previously he ran the Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video Festival in Cambridge, Mass., and served as President of the Board of Cambridge Community Television for six years. As a video artist he has produced several multimedia dance performance pieces and was a Digital Fellow at the Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Chad Johnston is the Executive Director of The Peoples Channel and Durham Community Media, a nonprofit community media center and public access TV station serving Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He has been with the organization for 7 years and was also a board member of the Alliance for Community Media in Washington, DC for 3 years. Chad is a media activist and advocate mainly focused on the development and protection of Public, Educational and Government Access Television. However, Chad also advocates on issues such as LPFM radio, development of broadband for community use, media reform, and network neutrality.
Cece Hughley Noel is the Executive Director of Portland Community Media (PCM) and is responsible for overseeing all operations of the organization, including fiscal management, human resources, board governance and staff supervision. PCM provides training in video production for the general public, nonprofits and youth and programming for six cable channels in Portland, Oregon. Cece became involved with PCM after producing a talk show for former Portland City Commissioner Dick Bogle in 1992 when she was a member of his staff. Cece has remained actively involved in advocacy and political action around issues of access, engagement and democracy.
Kristen Fitzpatrick is the Public Exhibition and Acquisitions Manager at Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women. She currently heads the Acquisitions program at Women Make Movie, searching for powerful and innovative films to acquire. Kristen additionally manages all exhibition, booking films into festivals and museums worldwide. She is also currently a board member of NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival, and a member of the screening committees for both the Student Academy Awards and the New York Asian American Film Festival. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is the biggest film nerd she knows.
Maria Elena Venuto is Executive Director of The Standby Program, a New York City based non-profit that provides artists and cultural organizations with media post-production and preservation services. A innovative model for the field, Standby partners with private sector post-production facilities to provide access to high-end technology at low rates. Prior to relocating to NYC in 1992, Maria was the Technical Director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. As a film and videomaker, she has created over a dozen film and video projects, which have been broadcast and screened at film festivals internationally.
Santhosh Daniel is Director of Programs at the Global Film Initiative, a San Francisco-based nonprofit specializing in the support of independent world cinema, and film-based community and educational initiatives.
Leslie Fields-Cruz is the VP of Operations and Programming at the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). She manages the operations of the New York office, oversees the Production Media Fund, and supervises the distribution of NBPC funded programs to PBS as well as the NBPC series "AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange," a showcase of independent documentaries about the contemporary experiences of the African American and African Diaspora.
Nico Leone is the Co-Executive Director of KDHX Community Media, an independent, volunteer-driven radio station and media arts organization in Saint Louis, Missouri. He oversees programming, marketing, community partnerships, and development efforts for the station.