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The Academy Announces 2024-2025 Board of Governors Election Results

By Jessica Ross

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its freshly elected 2024-2025 Board of Governors, set to bring their vision and leadership to the forefront at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term.

Jennifer Fox

**Incumbent governors reelected to the Board:**

- Rita Wilson, Actors Branch

- Kim Taylor-Coleman, Casting Directors Branch

- Paul Cameron, Cinematographers Branch

- Eduardo Castro, Costume Designers Branch

- Jean Tsien, Documentary Branch

- Pam Abdy, Executives Branch

- Terilyn A. Shropshire, Film Editors Branch

- Laura C. Kim, Marketing and Public Relations Branch

- Lesley Barber, Music Branch

- Brooke Breton, Visual Effects Branch

- Howard A. Rodman, Writers Branch

Rita Wilson

**Elected to the Board for the first time:**

- Patricia Cardoso, Directors Branch

- Jennifer Fox, Producers Branch

- K.K. Barrett, Production Design Branch

- Chris Tashima, Short Films Branch

- Andy Nelson, Sound Branch

Paul Cameron

**Returning to the Board after a hiatus:**

- Lois Burwell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch

They will join returning governors Wendy Aylsworth, Dion Beebe, Howard Berger, Jason Blum, Rob Bredow, Ruth E. Carter, Megan Colligan, Paul Debevec, Peter Devlin, David I. Dinerstein, Ava DuVernay, Linda Flowers, Charles Fox, DeVon Franklin, Rodrigo García, Richard Gibbs, Donna Gigliotti, Jinko Gotoh, Chris Hegedus, Richard Hicks, Lynette Howell Taylor, Kalina Ivanov, Simon Kilmurry, Ellen Kuras, Marlee Matlin, Hannah Minghella, Daniel Orlandi, Missy Parker, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Reitman, Nancy Richardson, Stephen Rivkin, Eric Roth, Dana Stevens, Mark P. Stoeckinger, Marlon West, Janet Yang, and Debra Zane.

Kim Taylor-Coleman

This election has resulted in a Board where nearly 60% of the members are industry veterans with over a decade of experience.

The Production and Technology Branch and Animation Branch did not hold elections.

The Academy comprises 19 branches, each typically represented by three governors who play a crucial role in shaping the direction of the organization. However, some branches have different representation due to their recent establishment or specific structural needs. The Animation Branch, recently added to the Academy, is represented by two governors, reflecting its growing but still emerging presence within the organization. Similarly, the Short Films Branch, also a newer addition, is represented by a single governor, acknowledging its specialized focus within the film industry. The Production and Technology Branch, which deals with the technical and behind-the-scenes aspects of filmmaking, is likewise represented by one governor, highlighting its unique role.

Chris Tashima

Governors, including those appointed by the board-at-large, can serve up to two consecutive or non-consecutive three-year terms. After completing these terms, they must take a two-year hiatus before they are eligible to serve again. This rule ensures a rotation and infusion of fresh perspectives within the Board while allowing experienced members to return and contribute further. Governors can serve a lifetime maximum of 12 years, which promotes a balance between continuity and renewal in the Academy’s leadership.

Pam Abdy

The Board of Governors sets the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health, and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

For the current 2023-2024 Academy governors, visit

Photo credits: IMDb

Heart Of Hollywood Magazine Contributor Jessica Ross

Since August 2022, Jessica Ross has been a contributor at Heart of Hollywood Magazine. Recent work includes Hollywood Unexpected airing on the XOTV Network digitally and broadcast and a starring role in the upcoming suspense thriller, Mr. Smith. Recently, she was a lead and co-producer in "Chasing Stars", a comedic-drama with an all female cast and crew.

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