About Us


Nancy Rosenthal


Cara Biega


Darren Peterson


Jimmy Chin, Climber, Filmmaker, Adventurer


Rebecca Martin, Senior Director, Explorer Programs, National Geographic Society

Eric Dinerstein, Ph.D., Director,
Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions, RESOLVE

Flo Stone, Founder & President
Environmental Film Festival

David Breashears, Filmmaker and Adventurer

Richard Wiese, Former President
The Explorer’s Club, Field Scientist, TV Host

Chris Palmer, Distinguished Film Producer in Residence, School of Communication, and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University

Linda Worrell, International Tax Lawyer

Nancy Moon, Marketing and PR, Moon PR

Deirdre Brennan, President / Producer, Castletown Productions

New York WILD Jury

Deirdre Brennan, President / Producer, Castletown Productions
Deirdre is an Emmy award-winning decorator for film, television and theatre. Television credits include Project Runway (Lifetime) The Nate Berkus Show (NBC), America’s Next Top Model (CW/Bravo), Lipstick Jungle (NBC), and Guiding Light (CBS) daytime’s longest running drama. Read more…

Natalie Cash, Executive Producer, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Cash is the Executive Producer in charge of video production at WCS, an international conservation organization with more than 3,000 field staff in 65 countries. WCS also operates the largest system of urban wildlife parks in the world – Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo and NY Aquarium on Coney Island – educating four million visitors each year about the importance of conservation. Read more…

Jennifer Jacquet
Jennifer Jacquet is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU interested in large-scale conservation dilemmas, including overfishing, climate change, and the protection of wildlife. She received a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2015, and was named a Pew Marine Conservation Fellow as well as a grand prize winner of the USAID Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge in 2016.  Read more…

Mary Jo Kinser
Mary Jo Kinser is an eight-time Emmy award winning Production and Development Executive with over twenty years experience in documentaries and non-fiction television. Read more…

Milbry Polk, Founder, Wings WorldQuest,
Contributing Editor, The Explorers Journal
Milbry C. Polk (BA, honors) Radcliffe College, Harvard University, has lectured in more 150 schools, universities and public affairs organizations. She co-founded and was executive director of Wings WorldQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women at the leading edge of science and discovery. Read more…

Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist, explorer and photographer. Always fascinated by the marine world, Gaelin began diving at 14 and has since continued exploring ocean ecosystems. Read more…

Eric Steinhauser
Eric Steinhauser is an award-winning film and advertising director/creative director. As an ECD, he’s created successful partnerships among agencies, clients, and media to develop unique content and branding opportunities. As Board Director and Creative Director for the international wildlife organization WildAid.  Read more…

Scott Willis
Scott Willis is a 35-year veteran of the News, Current Affairs and Documentary world. He is the winner of two DuPont-Columbia and twelve National Emmy awards, most recently for “The Woodmans” a feature documentary which won the 2012 Emmy for “Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming” as well as the award for “Best New York Film” when it premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Festival. Read more…

Prescreening Committee

Sarah Alford
Jay Bauer
Cara Biega
Lisa Bowers
Virginia Lynch Dean
Nancy Donnelly
Emily Driscol
Liz Grady
Karen Gibbs
Darrell Hartman
Oliver Hartman
Keena Jones
Amanda Karrh
Kala Ladenheim
Carol Losey
Nik Makharadze
Corrine Matlak
Erica Matson
Sonya Mesommota
Natasha Milne
Nancy Moon
Darren Perkell
Darren Peterson
Hildy Rubin
Michael Sanderson
Anton Seimon
Tim Sohn
Jackie Swenson
Liz Unger
Trevor Wallace
Tiffany West
Eric Zember