SAVE THE DATE! 2024 Fall Festival | October 6 - 13, 2024

Meet The Team

Meet the diverse, dedicated team powering the March on Washington Film Festival. From filmmakers to activists, we’re united in bringing history to life through film and fostering understanding.


Robert Raden


Joanna Irby

Executive Director

Isisara Bey

Artistic Director

Opal Hope Bennett

Emerging & Student FIlmmaker Competition Director

Staff Members

  • Strategic Parnerships: Imara Canady
  • Producer: Leigh Davis
  • Virtual Producer: Brandon Smith
  • Virtual Realty Salon Curator: Aja Q. Evans
  • GALA Consultants: Kimball Stroud Associates
  • Customer Solutions: Jen Lee Reeves
  • Chief Marketing Officer: Stefanie Cruz
  • Finance Director: Ibonee Perry
  • Operations Manager: Ralph Santora

Board of Trustees

The Festival is guided by a team of leaders across the entertainment, policy, and social justice arenas that ensures the success and execution of our vision. 

Stephanie Gold


Hogan Lovells

Victoria Bassetti

Vice Chair

Brennan Center for Justice

Craig Emanuel

Finance Chair

Paul Hastings

Vickee Jordan Adams

Finsbury Glover Hering

Joyce Brayboy

Goldman Sachs

A'Lelia Bundles


Samara Fox


Melissa Maxfield


Joseph Olchefske

Educator & Entrepreneur

Denielle Pemberton-Heard

Diversified Search Group

Alicin Williamson


Alicin Williamson


Press releases

Episode Five: The Strategy of Nonviolence

We talk to Dr. Clarence Jones, who was a chief advisor to Martin Luther King, and Dr. Bernard Lafayette, who is a civil rights leader and scholar of Kingian nonviolence, […]

Episode Four: Rosa Parks’ Acts of Courage

We continue our conversation with Jeanne Theoharis, a scholar and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, about why Mrs. Parks stayed seated on December 1, 1955 and […]

Episode Three: The Rosa Parks You Didn’t Know

Did Rosa Parks unintentionally influence history? Hardly. We talked to Jeanne Theoharis, a scholar and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, to debunk the many myths about […]

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