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Caty Borum Chattoo

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive in Residence in the School of Communication, and Principal Investigator and Creative Director at the Center for Media & Social Impact. As a social-change communication specialist and media producer, she has been engaged as a senior campaign strategist, documentary producer and social-impact research director with media companies, nonprofit organizations and foundations, most recently including Participant Media, Link TV, KCETLink, Working Films and more. She has produced two theatrical documentary feature films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and The After Party), a TV documentary and transmedia series (Stand Up Planet), multiple half-hour documentary TV specials, a seven-part documentary TV series, and multiple PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to human rights. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, PBS Media Shift and Impatient Optimists (Gates Foundation blog), and her documentaries have aired on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), PBS World, Link TV, KCET and more. Previously, she was a senior vice president in behavior-change communication at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C.,where she served on the senior leadership team for a national teen prescription drug abuse campaign that was awarded the Public Relations Society of America’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil for Public Service.

In Los Angeles, she was a longtime collaborator with TV producer Norman Lear as a producer and a founding director of Declare Yourself, a national youth civic engagement campaign; and special projects director at the USC Norman Lear Center, a research center that examines the social impact of entertainment. She was also a program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program, where she managed TV partnerships with MTV and BET for the Foundation’s HIV awareness campaign; and a media fellow in civic journalism at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Borum Chattoo holds a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania (The Annenberg School for Communication), and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies (summa cum laude, In Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Virginia Tech.

Caty Borum Chattoo can be reached at: chattoo [at] american [dot] edu

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Brigid Maher

Brigid Maher is a tenured, associate professor of Film and Media Arts. She is Co-Director of the Center for Media and Social Impact and Associate Division Director of the FMA program at American University. Her latest documentary, The Mama Sherpas, follows nurse-midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients, over the course of two years. The documentary provides an intimate glimpse into what midwives can bring into the birthing process in the hospital system. The film is executively produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born). Maher’s scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between traditional film and new media theories. Her additional award-winning film work has shown in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Her writings have been published by Cilect, the International Digital Media Arts Conference Journal and featured in the D|N|A Anthology. Maher won a Fulbright Senior Award to teach broadcast media in Lebanon in the spring of 2005. She teaches digital media and editing courses for SOC.

Brigid can be reached at bmaher [at] american [dot] edu

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Angelica Das

Angelica Das specializes in strategy for social impact documentary and has 11 years of experience in non-profit communication, management and administration. She currently manages special projects as a consultant for both the American University Game Lab and the Center for Media & Social Impact. She previously served for five years as the Center's associate director, overseeing all operations, events and content production on empowering media that matters. Angelica's contributions to the field extend from research to field work as an impact producer for the upcoming documentary CITY OF TREES, producer for AS A FATHER and previously as a co-producer for ROAMING WILD (2014). Angelica is a rising leader in the film community of Washington, D.C. and beyond, volunteering on a number of juries and committees including with AFI DOCS, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Filmfest DC, and on a national level, the Peabody Awards and BRITDOC Impact Awards. Her speaking and panelist roles have included the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, Sundance Film Festival and Full Frame Documentary Festival. She is also an active member of the Advisory Board for local production company Meridian Hill Pictures.

Angelica has been living and working in Washington, D.C. since 2004. As program officer with the National Geographic Society, she coordinated grants and media for premiere explorers and adventurers. She previously managed operations for the nonprofit Machik, for the mission of incubating social innovation on the Tibetan plateau. She received a Master of Arts in International Media from American University in 2010, with a focus on the role of hyper-local media in information environments. Angelica holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and post-baccalaureate certificate in Polish language and culture. A true global citizen, Angelica has roots in Poland and India and continues to explore the world through documentary filmmaking.

Angelica can be reached at: das [at] american [dot] edu