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Caty Borum Chattoo
Co-Director

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
Co-Director

Brigid Maher is a tenured, associate professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a filmmaker and writer who additionally heads the Emerging Media concentration in SOC’s Film and Media Arts Division. Her scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between traditional film and new media theories. Her award-winning narrative and documentary films have shown in festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Her latest documentary, The Mama Sherpas, is a feature which follows nurse-midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients, over the course of two years. The documentary will provide an intimate glimpse into what midwives can bring into the birthing process in the hospital system. Her previous film, Veiled Voices, focuses on the phenomenon of Muslim women religious leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices is distributed by Typecast Releasing in the United States and has screened on over 150 public television stations and three national networks. Al Jazeera Network recently acquired the film for broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa. The film has additional international distribution through TVF International and has screened in numerous international festivals in the United States and abroad.

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.

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Angelica Das
Associate Director

Angelica Das is the Associate Director at the Center for Media & Social Impact with a background in nonprofit management and communication. Angelica programs the Center's annual Media That Matters conference and Visiting Filmmaker agendas, and directs special projects and strategic planning for the Center. She is a co-producer for the feature documentary "Roaming Wild" and regularly serves as a juror for local festivals including the Justice Matters award at Filmfest DC. She previously managed operations for the nonprofit Machik, whose work is incubating social innovation on the Tibetan plateau. As program officer with the National Geographic Society, she managed grants and media for premiere explorers and adventurers. She received a Master of Arts in International Media from American University, where she investigated 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