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


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

Antonio Williams
Comcast NBC Universal

Philippa Scarlett
Former White House Appointee

Katie Buckland
Writers Guild Foundation

Samara Foxx
Attorney, Former First Lady of Charlotte, NC