Beginning April 1, Schaffer will serve as Women in Film LA’s Executive Director to strategize how to address the contemporary needs of its members at a time when the nonprofit also wants to focus on welcoming men.
Behind her, Schaffer has 14 years at Outfest as Director of Programming, Deputy Director and Executive Director. She nurtured Outfest into one of the leading LGBT media arts organizations in the US. There she launched three new programs for the organization: The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival and OutSet, the Young Filmmakers Project from the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest. Kirsten has experience in film programming, small business management and arts administration.
She will be working alongside Cathy Schulman, WIF’s second term President, and Hannah Minghella (Sony Pictures President of Production), WIF’s Executive Committee Chair.