Lyda Kuth, Executive Director
Lyda is a founding board member and current Executive Director of the LEF Foundation. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with the Image Award for Vision & Excellence in the media arts.  She is a board member of Creative Capital and IndieCollect.  In addition to her philanthropic work, she is also an independent filmmaker.  In 2011, she had her debut as director/producer with her film, Love and Other Anxieties; and served as executive producer for Secundaria, with director Mary Jane Doherty, which premiered in 2013.


  Genevieve Carmel, Program Officer
Gen joined the LEF Foundation as Program Assistant in 2013, and now works as Program Officer, helping filmmakers to navigate the LEF New England Moving Image Fund. As part of her work for LEF, she co-programs short films and serves as Series Coordinator for The DocYard, a screening and discussion series that brings new and artistic non-fiction films to Boston. Outside of her work at LEF, she founded the screening series Crows & Sparrows, she volunteers on the screening committee for the Revolutions Per Minute Film Festival, and she's a member of the AgX Film Collective, an artist-run film lab in Boston with an open membership that supports and celebrates the unique artistic possibilities of photochemical filmmaking. She’s also served as a media arts panelist for the Boston Cultural Council and for the National Endowment for the Arts. Gen has a B.A. in Social Anthropology and a certificate in Mandarin from Harvard College. After receiving a Harvard-China Fellowship in 2010, she lived and worked in Beijing for three years as a festival coordinator and independent film programmer.
    Marina Drummer, California Grants Advisor
Marina has worked with the foundation since its inception in 1985. She runs her own non-profit, Community Futures Collective, that serves as a fiscal sponsor for grassroots organizations as well as providing infrastructure development. In addition, Marina serves as Administrator of the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival.