Director, New Arts Axis
Motion Pictures and Film | San Francisco Bay Area, US
WENDY LEVY is the Executive Director of New Arts Axis, an organization dedicated to facilitating creative innovation for arts, culture and human rights. New Arts Axis works with artists, foundations and NGOs to create projects and initiatives that leverage the power of storytelling, community and technology for lasting social impact. Wendy is also a Senior Consultant with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Co-Founder of Sparkwise, an online data and story platform funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2011/2012, Wendy was a Senior Strategist at Tomorrow Partners, a design agency in Berkeley, California. From 2004 - 2011, Wendy was Creative Director at BAVC where she created and directed the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, The Mediamaker Fellows Program, and The Stream, a series of short documentaries about interactive storytelling, new technologies and social change. During her tenure in 2011, BAVC was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Wendy has been a featured speaker and panel moderator at the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Skoll World Forum, and SXSW, among many other venues. She has served as an Advisor to the Skoll/Sundance Stories of Change Program, Tribeca New Media Fund, Louverture Films, Screen Edge New Zealand, ABC Australia, WeOwnTV, Witness, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Program, in addition to a diverse group of NGOs, social entrepreneurs and independent artists around the world. Wendy's short films have screened at Sundance and at festivals internationally, won numerous awards, and have been broadcast on PBS and the Sundance Channel.
Wendy has a BA from Oberlin College, and an MFA from SFState University. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Wendy has been happily transplanted in Oakland, California since 1983.