FilmAid International has appointed Simon Goff as its new Executive Director, replacing Liz Manne who joins the humanitarian organization’s board of directors as a vice chair. Goff comes to FilmAid from the MTV Exit Foundation, which he co-founded and where he served as Chief Executive.
In making the announcement, FilmAid board chair Michael Angst said, “As a small humanitarian organization operating in challenging conditions, we rely on leaders that can operate both nimbly and responsibly. We are thrilled to have Simon join FilmAid to lead the next phase of our work and to have Liz join our board, so her experience and voice and inform our ongoing strategy.”
Simon Goff stated, “I have experienced how film and media have the power to transform lives. It is an honor to join FilmAid, an organization that was founded and operates on this principle, empowering communities across the globe through its inspiring work.”
Throughout his career, Simon Goff has focused on two overarching goals: to creatively channel the power of music, film and television toward effecting positive social change; and to create unique partnerships designed to maximize he social action necessary to achieve that change. After joining Viacom International to work on MTV’s social responsibility initiatives, Simon co-founded the MTV EXIT Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization committed to combating human trafficking and exploitation, becoming Chief Executive in 2009.
During his tenure with MTV EXIT, Simon designed, developed and produced complex, multimedia communications initiatives, elements of which included documentaries, drama, short films, music videos, concerts and community-based youth development programs.
A longtime industry executive, independent producer and social change activist, Liz Manne joined FilmAid in 2011. She previously served as an advisor to HBO Films, EVP Programming & Marketing for Sundance Channel and EVP for Marketing for Fine Line Features. Manne serves as a member of President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.