Kartemquin Seeks New ED

Kartemquin Seeks New ED

Banner Chicago documentary production company Kartemquin Films is seeking a new executive director as Betsy Steinberg is set to step down at the end of the year following three years leading the company.

"The Board would like to thank Betsy for her valuable leadership over the last three years, which have been marked by unprecedented success and recognition," Jason Stephens, Chair of the company's Board of Directors wrote in an email announcement. "I am personally grateful for having had the opportunity to work alongside Betsy, and the organization is fortunate she was at its helm during this time.

Since joining Kartemquin in December 2015, Steinberg oversaw the completion of 13 documentaries including the 2018 Academy Award-nominees Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith+Eddie, 2018’s best reviewed documentary Minding the Gap, and 2018’s best reviewed original TV series, America to Me. Most significantly, she elevated the organization’s fundraising efforts to new heights, demonstrated by our 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2016, and our 2018 Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon; two great successes that bookend her tenure, and through which she greatly expanded their fundraising base.

A Board committee, led by KTQ Associate and Board member Fenell Doremus, is actively working with search consultant Thuy Tran to identify Steinberg's successor.

In the meantime, Elspeth Revere will serve as Kartemquin’s interim Executive Director, beginning January 1 2019 until a successor is in place. She has been an admirer and supporter of Kartemquin’s work for several decades, and a member of Kartemquin’s Board since December 2015. She is the founder and CEO of Ravenswood Consulting Group where she advises donors and nonprofits on effective philanthropy, strategic planning, and nonprofit management. Previously, she was Vice President of Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

"I am grateful to Elspeth for taking on this important transitional role. Having served on the Board with her for the last 3 years, I am confident our staff and filmmakers will be in good hands, and I look forward to our continued work together," Stephens wrote.