Director Ava DuVernay and producer Lynette Howell Taylor were among six people elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors, the Academy announced Wednesday.
The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, and each governor can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The board “sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.”
Also elected to the board for the first time were:
— Debra Zane, Casting Directors Branch;
— Stephen Rivkin, Film Editors Branch;
— Linda Flowers, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; and
— Rob Bredow, Visual Effects Branch.
Incumbent governors reelected to the Board were:
— Whoopi Goldberg, Actors Branch;
— Mandy Walker, Cinematographers Branch;
— Isis Mussenden, Costume Designers Branch;
— Kate Amend, Documentary Branch;
— David Linde, Executives Branch;
— Christina Kounelias, Marketing and Public Relations Branch;
— Charles Bernstein, Music Branch;
— Wynn P. Thomas, Production Design Branch;
— Teri E. Dorman, Sound Branch; and
— Larry Karaszewski, Writers Branch.
Jon Bloom will return to the board after a short hiatus, representing the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch.
The election increases the number of female governors from 25 to 26, while the number of people of color on the board increased from 11 to 12, including the three “Governors-at-Large,” according to the Academy.