The National Alliance for Media Art and Culture (NAMAC) has named Wendy Levy as their new Executive Director, effective September 1, 2014. She replaces Jack Walsh, who served the organization for eleven years, 4 as Executive Director, 7 as Co-Director.
Wendy is a respected leader in the media arts field in the US and abroad, known for interdisciplinary programs that focus on collaboration, innovation and impact. She works closely with global institutions and foundations including Sundance, Skoll Foundation, Tribeca Institute and Open Society Foundation, among many others. While Creative Director at BAVC, Wendy developed and led the MacArthur Foundation-funded Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, the first multi-platform incubator for public media projects in the US.
“We are thrilled to welcome Wendy to the team,” said Nathaniel James, president of the NAMAC Board of Directors. “She is an inspiring leader who has always stayed ahead of the curve as rapid technological change has transformed the arts and media landscape.”
NAMAC was founded in 1980 by a group of media arts organization leaders in order to strengthen their social and cultural impact by working as a united force. They created a national organization to provide support services to its institutional members, and advocate for the field as a whole. NAMAC members include over 300 community-based media production centers, university programs, museums, media presenters and exhibitors, film festivals, distributors, film archives, youth media programs, community access television, digital arts and online groups, and policy organizations.
Wendy will work closely with the Board of Directors to chart the next phase of NAMAC’s growth. She says, “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the Board and the incredible NAMAC member network to strategize the future, design breakout innovative arts programming, and shore up the ability of this organization to develop a new generation of leaders and support resilient and creative communities.”