Dána-Ain Davis, President
Dána-Ain Davis Ph.D., is on the Faculty in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and is the Associate Chair of the MA Program in Urban Affairs at Queens College. She has a degree in Film and Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College. Her work focuses on Black feminist understandings of reproductive justice, violence against women and welfare policy. She is the author of Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform: Between A Rock and A Hard Place (2006); Black Genders and Sexualities co-edited with Shaka McGlotten (2012) and most recently Feminist Activist Ethnography : Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America co-edited with Christa Craven (2013). She recently stepped down as co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and previously served as former president of the Association of Black Anthropologists. She has been both a trustee and Chair of the New York a foundation that makes grants to community organizing in New York City.
Catherine Gund, Secretary
Catherine Gund, the founder of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and organizer. Her media work focuses on arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Her films - which include Born to Fly, What's On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! - have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, Discovery's Planet Green, and the Sundance Channel. Gund's most recent project, Born to Fly pushes the boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight. Her multimedia project What's On Your Plate?, is a fun and provocative documentary about kids and food politics, accompanied by a curriculum, website and workbook for families. Gund currently serves on several boards including Art Matters, Bard Early Colleges, Osa Conservation and The George Gund Foundation. She co-founded the Third Wave Foundation which supports young women and transgender youth, and DIVA TV, an affinity group of ACT UP/NY. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She was on the founding boards of Iris House, Working Films, Reality Dance Company, and The Sister Fund and has also served for MediaRights.org, The Robeson Fund of the Funding Exchange, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, and the Astraea Foundation. She lives in NYC with her four children.
Vivien Labaton, Director
Vivien Labaton is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Make it Work, a campaign to advance the economic security of women and families. Vivien started her career working with Gloria Steinem and as the founding Director of the Third Wave Foundation—an organization that supports young feminist activists nationwide, with a focus on young women of color and LGBT and low-income young women. After attending NYU Law School, Vivien clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley in the Southern District of New York, and was a Blackmun Fellow and staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She subsequently worked at the Atlantic Philanthropies, where she developed the foundation’s social justice framework, and created and oversaw the foundation’s grantmaking to support civic engagement and grassroots organizing, leadership development, and research and policy efforts.
Vivien is a graduate of Barnard College and is the co-editor of The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism(Anchor Books). She is the Chair of the Board of UltraViolet Action, and has served on the Boards of Third Wave, the Women’s Funding Network, and the Advisory Board of Chicken & Egg Pictures. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Msnbc.com, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post, and Ms. Magazine, among others.
Catherine Lord, Director
Catherine Lord, Emerita Professor of Studio Art and affiliated faculty, Department of Women’s Studies and Department of Visual Culture at the University of California, Irvine, is an artist, writer, and curator whose work addresses issues of feminism, cultural politics, and colonialism. She is the author of the text/image experimental narratives The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation (University of Texas Press) and Son Colibri, Sa Calvitie: Miss Translation (L’une Bevue, Paris). Her critical essays, her fiction and her photographs have been published in October, Afterimage, Frieze, Art & Text,Artcoast, New Art Examiner, Whitewalls, Framework, Documents, Art Journal, GLQ, X-tra and Art Paper, to name a few. Her work as a visual artist was included in the 1995 inaugural biennial of Site Santa Fe, and has been shown at the New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Post Gallery (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis), La Mama (NYC), DNJ (Los Angeles),Thomas Jancar (Los Angeles), the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, among other venues. Her book (in collaboration with Richard Meyer), Art and Queer Culture was published in 2013 by Phaidon Press. She is currently producing two extended text/image projects: The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men and Lecture.
Lord has worked as associate editor of Afterimage and Dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts. She served as chair of the Department of Studio Art, UC Irvine from 1990-1995 and as Director of the UCI Gallery from 1991-1996. She was the Shirley Carter Burden Visiting Professor of Photography at Harvard University in 2008. She has received fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Norton Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Center for Arts and Humanities and Anonymous Was a Woman. She is the 2010 recipient of the Harvard Arts Medal. She received her A.B. from Harvard University in 1971, and her M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo (Visual Studies Workshop) in 1983.
Marques McClary, Director
Marques is currently Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Academy in Rome, which supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. At the Academy he is responsible for developing and managing communications/marketing strategy, media coverage, and public/external relations. In addition, he oversees all aspects of brand management and institutional identity, including the design and development of publications, electronic media and collateral materials. A versatile, forward-thinking communications professional with progressive experience across a wide range of strategic functions, Marques has over 17 years of experience in public relations, consumer advertising and marketing. Prior to AAR, he managed business development and marketing for LOT-EK, an architectural design firm based in New York City and Naples, Italy, and led account/strategy oversight for a variety of clients on behalf of global agencies such as Porter Novelli, Ketchum, Sudler & Hennessey (Y&R).
Marques has broad experience working within the MSM and HIV patient/advocacy community, including past work with organizations such as Gay Men of African Descent (Board of Directors), the Latino Commission on AIDS (Fundraising and Programs Committee), the New York State Black Gay Network (Education Task Force) and the People-of-Color Treatment Advisory Committee for the Whitman Walker Clinic.
Marques studied English/Communication Arts at Howard University, in Washington, DC.
Scot Nakagawa, Director
Scot Nakagawa is Senior Partner of ChangeLab, a national grassroots racial justice laboratory. Scot got his first job as a community activist in 1980. Since then he's been a community organizer, political researcher, public policy analyst, popular educator, child and family service provider, philanthropy executive and general all around trouble maker advocating for communities suffering prejudice, poverty, and exploitation. Before forming ChangeLab, Scot served as the Field Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Associate Director of the Western Prison Project (now the Partnership for Safety and Justice), Executive Director of Social Justice Fund Northwest, Executive Director of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, and as Education Co-Coordinator of the Highlander Research and Education Center. Scot’s musings about race and racism in U.S. politics and culture are published on RaceFiles.com.
Jessica Ruffin, Director
Jessica Ruffin is a jane of all trades. Over the years, she has been a producer, editor, ice cream sous chef and barista. Her background is in film history, theory, and aesthetic philosophy, with degrees from Stanford University (BA, 2007) and University of Chicago (MA, 2008). She has conducted grant and fellowship supported research on cinematic spectatorial theory; the portrayal of youth and body in Weimar and Nazi era film; and live video editing communities in NYC. She is currently a PhD candidate at University of California - Berkeley in German Studies.
Jessica worked at Aubin Pictures from 2012 - 2015. She acted as associate producer for Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity and served as the pre-production producer for an Aubin project currently in production.
In addition to her work at Aubin and academic pursuits, Jessica served as editor for Millennium Film Journal, the longest running international publication dedicated to avant-garde and experimental media practice, from 2008 - 2013. She has curated the short narrative program for the Brooklyn International Film Festival since 2013.
Jessica has a strong belief in the transformative power of art and aims to facilitate that transformation in each aspect of her work, as well as her life.