Writers Guild Foundation Staff
Before joining the Foundation in 2013, Katie served as Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center, a legal advocacy group targeting the civil rights of women and girls. Prior to working with nonprofits, Katie enjoyed a career in politics and government, serving on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. As communications director for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, she created the award-winning Neighborhood Prosecutor Project, which places prosecutors in neighborhoods to improve the quality of life in local communities. A licensed attorney, Katie also served as a domestic violence prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles.
Director of Events & Communications
Before joining the Foundation in 2015, Enid served as the Digital Media Officer at the World Federation of United Nations Associations, a global nonprofit in New York where she oversaw and managed its communications and digital strategy. In her life before nonprofits, she spent her days blogging about TV, reviewing LA hotspots and eating tiny food at fashion events as a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, InStyle.com, LA Daily News, The Daily Beast and Movieline magazine. She earned her B.A. from UC Irvine and her M.S. from Columbia University. When she’s not tweeting and Instagramming, Enid is looking for the best taco trucks and donut shops in the city because life is too short to eat tiny food.
Jav’s task is essentially to beg and coax TV writers and screenwriters into donating their scripts to the library. He’s extraordinarily well-versed in past and current writing trends, which makes him a valued asset to all of our library patrons, many of whom ask for him by name. He only hides from about twenty percent of them. Jav studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and when he is not busy being an excellent husband to his wife Aimee and father to his twin girls, he is pursuing a television writing career.
Hilary joined the Writers Guild Foundation in 2014 and works toward the preservation and promotion of WGA history and the craft and business of writing in Hollywood. She earned a BA in Film Production and worked in a variety of roles in the entertainment industry before completing a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She is thrilled that she gets to use her entertainment and archival knowledge on a daily basis to the benefit of writers, historians, movie buffs and lovers of the written word.
Lauren comes to the Foundation from the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco, where she spearheaded AV Compass, a web-based resource for helping nonprofits and small organizations to identify and preserve their media collections. She holds a B.F.A in Screenwriting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.A. in Moving Image Archive Studies from UCLA. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys writing plays, eating dessert and learning about the history of Country & Roots music.
Events & Operations Coordinator
Dustin joined the Writers Guild Foundation in 2018 to help schedule and coordinate our diverse and exciting portfolio of events. While pursuing a B.A. in Film Studies and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing, Dustin worked as the VP of Membership for his university’s student programming board and the Projection Manager for the on-campus movie theater and event venue. After working in post-production on features and television following graduation, Dustin returned to his love of events management with this role. When he’s not scampering around the office, Dustin is blasting Arctic Monkeys while stuck in traffic, writing chunks of unfinished works, and volunteering at Wolf Connection, a non-profit wolfdog rescue center.
Programs and Community Outreach Manager
Before joining the Foundation, Kira worked as a Union Organizer with SEIU Local 721. She represented LA County employees and helped launch a campaign to mobilize gig economy workers in Southern California. Kira graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development and Urban Planning. Throughout college, she worked as a photojournalist and studied in Mumbai while documenting stories of LGBTQ+ locals in the sex trade for a grassroots nonprofit. She now uses her organizing experience to support and develop WGF’s community programs. Outside the office, Kira volunteers with a transnational feminist organization and spends her weekends at local concerts.
Board of Directors 2018-19
PRESIDENT DANIEL PETRIE, JR.
VICE-PRESIDENT – PROGRAMMING LAURENCE ANDRIES
VICE-PRESIDENT – DEVELOPMENT TOM SCHULMAN
SECRETARY/TREASURER HOWARD LEITER
ALFREDO BARRIOS, JR.
ROBERT NELSON JACOBS
Y. SHIREEN RAZACK
JOHN SACRET YOUNG