Michelle Byrdmichelle_byrd_2017

Prior to joining the PGA, Michelle spent over 20 years successfully building prominent, non-profit media organizations involved with film, digital, and games. Based in New York, she served 12 years as Executive Director of IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) establishing a legacy of programming and strategic partnerships that remain in place today, including a collaboration with the United Nations and re-positioning IFP’s Gotham Awards into awards season.

Michelle has also served as Co-President of Games for Change (with Asi Burak), overseeing the Games for Change Festival, and served as an Executive Producer on “Half the Sky” Movement games (Zynga, Ford Foundation, USAID), based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book. Most recently, she has run her own consulting practice providing strategic planning, program and partnership development, and management advisory services for Ghetto Film School, Green Beetz, Museum of the Moving Image, New York State Commission on National and Community Service, and the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, among others.  Michelle is a recipient of the “Made in New York Award” from NYC’s Mayor and the “Good Egg Award” from Chicken & Egg Pictures, and sits on the Board of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation and the Advisory Boards of Chicken & Egg Pictures and STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.