From Kartemquin Films:

"I hope this message finds you well during this busy season.  I am writing to you today, as the Chair of the Board of Kartemquin Films, to let you know about an important development impacting our community. Betsy Steinberg will be stepping down as Kartemquin’s Executive Director on December 31, 2018.

The Board would like to thank Betsy for her valuable leadership over the last three years, which have been marked by unprecedented success and recognition. I am personally grateful for having had the opportunity to work alongside Betsy, and the organization is fortunate she was at its helm during this time.

Since joining Kartemquin in December 2015, Betsy oversaw the completion of 13 documentaries including the 2018 Academy Award-nominees Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith+Eddie, 2018’s best reviewed documentary Minding the Gap, and 2018’s best reviewed original TV series, America to Me. Most significantly, she elevated the organization’s fundraising efforts to new heights, demonstrated by our 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2016, and our 2018 Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon; two great successes that bookend her tenure, and through which she greatly expanded our fundraising base. Although Betsy is moving on to new ventures, we will benefit from her time with us for years to come.

A Board committee, led by KTQ Associate and Board member Fenell Doremus, is actively working with search consultant Thuy Tran to identify Betsy’s successor. We are excited to see who emerges as Kartemquin’s next Executive Director to lead us into our next chapter. You can email KartemquinED@gmail.com with any inquiries or suggestions.

In the meantime, Elspeth Revere will serve as Kartemquin’s interim Executive Director, beginning January 1 2019 until a successor is in place. Elspeth has been an admirer and supporter of Kartemquin’s work for several decades, and a member of Kartemquin’s Board since December 2015. She is the founder and CEO of Ravenswood Consulting Group where she advises donors and nonprofits on effective philanthropy, strategic planning, and nonprofit management. Previously, she was Vice President of Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. I am grateful to Elspeth for taking on this important transitional role. Having served on the Board with her for the last 3 years, I am confident our staff and filmmakers will be in good hands, and I look forward to our continued work together.

There has never been a more exciting time for Kartemquin. Coming off a period of expanded reach and recognition, we have evolved our mission and modernized our processes. The Board has adopted a strategic plan that will continue to guide our dedicated staff of professionals while allowing space for a new Executive Director to come in with their own vision of where they’d like to lead the organization next. And, as you’ve come to expect, we have a pipeline of compelling new documentaries in the works that we can’t wait to share with the world.

Thank you for your continued support. I’ll keep you updated on our search process and look forward to continuing our pursuit of democracy through documentary.  

Best,

Jason Stephens
Chair, Board of Directors"

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