AFI announced today that Co-Chair and CEO of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Pamela Abdy, nationally recognized trial lawyer Wylie A. Aitken, Esq. and Academy Award® winner Ariana DeBose have joined the AFI Board of Trustees.
“AFI is the place where artistry and academia meet,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Chair of AFI Board of Trustees. “The addition of Pam, Wylie and Ari to the board will further propel our national mandate to inspire, to educate and, ultimately, to drive culture forward.”
The AFI Board of Trustees comprises a panel of leaders from the film and television communities who set the Institute’s priorities and guide its national education programs and includes Jeanine Basinger, Alan Bergman, Halle Berry, Gary Birkenbeuel, Jim Breyer, James L. Brooks, Charlie Collier, Fran Drescher, Ava DuVernay, Nancy Collins Fisher, Lesli Linka Glatter, Bonnie Hammer, Dr. Carla D. Hayden, John Hendricks, Alan Horn, Lisa P. Jackson, Patty Jenkins, Michael B. Jordan, Donna Langley, Debra L. Lee, Lori Lee, David Linde, Eva Longoria, Bryan Lourd, Lori McCreary, Jonathan Miller, Edward James Olmos, Shonda Rhimes, Charles Rivkin, Jay Roach, Brian Robbins, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Frank Scherma, Chris Silbermann, Octavia Spencer, Steven Spielberg, Meredith Stiehm, Anthony Vinciquerra, Todd Wagner and Janet Yang.
The American Film Institute was established by presidential proclamation in the White House Rose Garden and launched its national mandate on June 5, 1967 — to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI’s founding Trustees included Chairman Gregory Peck, Vice Chairman Sidney Poitier, Francis Ford Coppola, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Jack Valenti and George Stevens, Jr., as Director.