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.
  Sara Archambault, Program Director
Sara joined the LEF Foundation team in 2008 and brings with her an extensive professional history in production, programming, and foundation work. She was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Managing Producer on the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade, and Producer with Christopher Lydon’s radio show Open Source. Currently, Sara is producing the feature documentary Street Fighting Man which has received support from IFP Week's Spotlight on Documentary, Hot Docs International Pitch Forum, Film Independent Documentary Lab, San Francisco Film Society and the Sundance Documentary Fund. She is a Programmer/Co-founder of the award-winning documentary film series The DocYard. Sara is frequently an advisor, juror, and panelist with a number of film festivals. She was a 2013 Sundance Creative Producers Lab Fellow and was sited as "One to Watch" in 2013 by The Independent.


  Genevieve Carmel, Program Officer
Gen joined the LEF Foundation as Program Assistant in 2013. Originally from Cambridge and with a background in film & cultural studies, East Asian studies, and documentary, she has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard College, and is equally fascinated by the moving image as an art form, and by how films are created, shared, and interpreted across social and cultural contexts. She lived in Beijing from 2010 to 2013, where she worked as a translator, festival coordinator, and film programmer, and developed an interest in supporting media artists through international exchange and exhibition opportunities. Initiatives she has worked for include the Li Xianting Film Fund, Indie Workshop, NORDOX, and the Flaherty Seminar in China. Now back in the Boston area, Gen continues to make film and video and is co-founder of Crows & Sparrows, an international working group and exhibition platform that seeks to enhance artistic exchange between media artists in North America and East Asia through screenings and visiting filmmaker programs, with a focus on supporting dialogue between the United States and China. 
    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.

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