AWD announces new members to its Board of Directors

AWD is thrilled to announce five new members to its Board of Directors. Each of these Directors is dedicated to advancing the mission and benefits offered by this organization. Learn more about each of them, including their inspiration for serving AWD!


MELISSA BALINT

“As a passionate advocate for women, non-binary, & WOC’s voices and perspectives in media, I am drawn to AWD’s mission of empowering and amplifying these voices. By joining the board, I aim to leverage my skills, experiences, and network to support and innovate within AWD’s initiatives in fostering mentorship, advocacy, and professional development for women directors.” — Melissa

Melissa has been a member of AWD for 4 years and was active on the Works in Progress Committee before joining the Board of Directors. She has many years of experience in the entertainment industry and continues to create with wit, inclusivity, and a little bit of magic!


ASHA CHAI-CHANG

“Moving across the country to pursue working in the entertainment industry full-time is a feat and it became a success with the community and members of Alliance of Women Directors. Serving our members and future members on the board is my token of gratitude and appreciation.” — Asha

Asha joined AWD 4 years ago and quickly started volunteering where needed. She is currently on the BDAI Committee and has served as a fantastic interviewer for AWD’s guest speakers. Asha is a two-time Netflix Writer/Director Fellow and Yale graduate with Emmy Winning Productions to her credits.


AMANDA DONENFELD

“I am honored and grateful to be on the board of AWD with a team of passionate and engaged women, and have the opportunity to help grow, expand, and support this dynamic and talented community. I hope to give back to an organization that has given me invaluable support, resources, and community. I hope we can all continue to grow together, support each other, and lift each other up as we all move forward in our careers. I am excited to co-chair the Member Relations Committee with Jan and look forward to relationship building and serving as a resource to support our members.” –Amanda

During her 3 years as a member, Amanda assisted both the Events and WIP committees. She has been directing and producing documentaries, branded content, digital content, and TV for 14 years and is focused on social impact and building human connection through storytelling.


ANISE FULLER

“In an industry where women are still being undervalued and talents overlooked, I chose to serve on the AWD board to contribute to cause bigger than myself and to help break glass ceilings and develop trailblazers in this industry.” — Anise

Anise began volunteering for AWD as the Events Chair for its Black Directors Advancement Program (BDAI). She has directed award-winning short films and produced pilots and short films. She also serves in DEI capacities at Warner Bros and NBC Universal.


JAN JOHNSON GOLDBERGER

“I care deeply about the AWD membership and want to make certain I can impact the members in a meaningful way.” — Jan

Jan has been a member of AWD for 3 years and began as a volunteer for the BDAI program before serving as its Co-Chair. She is an AFI graduate, whose first film screened at more than 50 international and national festivals. Her films have been licensed to HBO, The Showtime Network and PBS.

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