DC Web Fest Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for DC Web Fest. The list includes industry leaders at the forefront of the arts, tech, patent law and more.

Aerica Banks

Patent Policy Analyst, Google

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Aerica Banks is on the patent strategy team in Google's DC office. In this capacity she monitors the legislative and legal patent landscape and integrates diversity initiatives into Google's patent strategy. She leads Google's sponsorship of BEACON, the campaign to make Washington, DC the most supportive ecosystem for women entrepreneurs in the United States. She is also the COO of the Asian Google Network, Co-Lead for the DC chapter of the Black Google Network. She was named a 2017 Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and joined the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs.

Previously, she was a political appointee in the Obama Administration, worked in government relations for The Pew Charitable Trusts, and advanced environmental justice policies in Washington state. She holds a MSc in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Public Affairs from Seattle University. She sits on the advisory boards of TechWeekDC, Project 500, and Black Girl Ventures.


Kimberly Diane Tignor

Director of Public Policy, Lawyers' Committee for civil rights under law

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Kimberly Tignor is the Director of Public Policy for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Under Law. She manages a portfolio that includes education, voting rights, economic justice, fair
housing, workforce diversity, and criminal justice. In addition, she founded the Creative Control
and manages the Judicial Diversity programs for the Lawyers’ Committee. Kimberly was recently named a Google NextGenLeader and Master Series for Distinguished Leaders fellow. She Chairs
the National Bar Association Judicial Evaluations Committee and is an active member of the organization’s Civil Rights Law and Legislative Affairs Sections.


Kevin Sampson

Film Critic, Filmmaker, tv show host & festival director, dc black film fest

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, radio show/podcast, and hour long film review TV show. He has served as the director of the Rosebud Film Festival since 2013. He created the DC Black Film Festival in 2016 in an effort to create a space to exhibit quality productions by and about people of African descent.

In 2017 Kevin launched Picture Lock PR to represent some of the many great independent films he sees on a regular basis. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, North Carolina Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He makes frequent appearances on ABC 7’s “Let’s Talk Live” in Washington, DC, and can be heard on his weekly radio show on WERA 96.7FM.


Jean-Michel Albert

Founder & President of the Marseille Web Fest


Jean-Michel Albert has spent more than 25 years in the digital media field, with ties to international festivals such as Cannesserie Digital. As founder of the Marseille Web Fest, a digital series festival created in 2011, he is also a producer for Streamy Awards France, an associate producer for Darklight production company, and a consultant in the new media and digital entertainment sector. 


Chanelle  Hardy

Strategic Outreach & Public Policy Partnerships, Google


Chanelle Hardy is an attorney and public policy expert dedicated to advancing policies that promote economic growth, opportunity and justice.  She is a member of the Public Policy team at Google, focusing on Strategic Outreach and External Partnerships.  Most recently, she had the honor to serve as Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the first woman to serve as Commission Chair and the only African American currently on the dais.  Before that she led the Washington Bureau of the National Urban League - the nation’s oldest civil rights and urban advocacy organization; was Counsel and Chief of Staff to former US Congressman Artur Davis; and served as an FTC staff attorney, Fellow and Counsel at Consumers Union, and fifth grade teacher.  She is a member of the boards of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Black Women’s Health Imperative.


Taylor Moore

Public Policy Associate Manager, Facebook

Taylor Moore was a CDT Free Expression Fellow. Her work focused on preserving the Internet as a global platform for speech and association, democratic accountability, the free exchange of information and ideas, and the freedom of thought.

She previously served as the Google Policy Fellow for Public Knowledge, where she was involved in advocacy work related to net neutrality, intellectual property, and internet governance. Taylor also served as the fellow for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, where she supported new paradigms for the creation, management, and exploitation of knowledge resources, and worked within a wide spectrum of IP stakeholders. Before graduating from Howard University School of Law, she worked as a law clerk for Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at the FCC and the American Civil Liberties Union. Taylor currently serves last the Public Policy Associate Manager for Facebook


Svetlana Legetic

Executive Producer, FotoWeekDC & Co-founder of Brightest Young THings Media


 Born in Novi Sad, (then) Yugoslavia, Svetlana Legetic has been educated in (now) Serbia, England, and Savannah, Georgia where she received her Masters Degree in Architecture from The Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduating and moving to DC, she co-founded Brightest Young Things, now the biggest independently owned cultural website and event planning organization in DC, recently expanded to New York City and Chicago. She works with 80+ contributors, engaging 200,000+ individual readers a month in a daily series of articles dedicated to all things good in the nation’s capital. She also works with partners such as the Hirshhorn, the Newseum, National Geographic, American Museum of Natural History, and the Kennedy Center to create one-of-a-kind, high impact public events. NY Times has called BYT Media: “...a Web-site-turned-events- organizing juggernaut that has become the locus of Washington’s new-cool art and music scene.” Among her many media appearances, GQ magazine named Legetic “one of 50 most powerful people in DC.”


Sage Rhodes

Communications and Stakeholder Strategies Consultant, Sage Rhodes Consulting, Formerly, AT&T

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Sage is a public affairs professional and an expert in communications and stakeholder strategies. For more than twenty years, she has used political campaign-style approaches to deliver results for her clients in local, state and federal campaigns, largely on behalf of heavily regulated industries. A former leader at AT&T, Sage uses a mix of paid and earned media, grassroots and grasstops mobilizations, as well as expert offerings by subject matter experts, including economists, academics, think tanks etc. Sage is now engaged in putting her skills to work for a variety of clients in DC and around the country.



Marcus Dowling

Journalist, Broadcaster, and entrepeneur

Marcus K. Dowling is a journalist, broadcaster and entrepreneur. Recently he's had a role in concept development, marketing, and promotion for Rewind and Decades, two wildly popular retro-themed entertainment venues in downtown Washington, DC. In the past ten years, Marcus has written for VICE, Pitchfork, Complex, Red Bull, ESPN's Undefeated, and more. As well, he's the CEO of professional wrestling startup company Capitol Wrestling.


Csongor Dobrotka

Festival Director of Die Seriale & CEO of Dobago Film

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 Csongor Dobrotka is director, producer, screenwriter and founder & director of the Digital Series Festival "die Seriale“ in Giessen, Germany. He studied "Drama, Theatre, Media" and since 2009 he works also at the „Hessen Film and Media Academy (hFMA)“, a network of the 13 film & media universities in Hessen. Since 2011 he is CEO of the production company Dobago Film, which is in the meantime focused on digital series. He is director and co-creator of the award winning web series "Number of Silence“. In 2016 he founded a network for digital series creators in Germany.