Festival Staff

Our team is combined of a diverse background of knowledge, expertise, and artistic vision, with each person striving to create the most powerful festival and programming year round.



Robert Raben
Founder & Chairman

Samantha Abrams
Executive Director

Isisara Bey
Artistic Director

Broderick Johnson
Festival Producer


Ryan Daniels
Communications Director

Charlie Crocker
Creative Director

John Skic
Manager of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Alex Przybelski
Social Media Manager

Daniel Forkkio
Finance Director


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. 


Robert Raben
The Raben Group

Victoria Bassetti
Brennan Center for Justice

A'Lelia Bundes

Alicin Williamson
The Raben Group

Antonio Williams
Comcast NBC Universal

Phillippa Scarlett
Former White House Apointtee

Katie Buckland
Writers Guild Foundation