anna fiastro, Co-Director

Anna Fiastro is a joint Master student at Yale University studying Environmental Management and Public Health. She is most interested in issues of gender justice in international development, particularly in an era with a rapidly changing climate. She enjoys spending as much time outside as possible, hiking or playing soccer, or building a warm fire with friends and good food.


Michael Warady, Co-Director

Michael Warady is the Co-Director of EFFY 2017 and is a third year joint degree candidate between the Yale School of Management and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Michael has worked with EFFY for the past two years in roles geared towards film panel selection and organization. In another life Michael worked in Shanghai, China for a solar energy consulting firm called Clean Energy Associates. Michael returned to Yale in order to further explore the potential for market disruption in the water sector, particularly related to seawater desalination. Michael is a graduate of Duke University where he holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and Chinese.


Olivia sánchez badini, programming

Olivia Sánchez Badini is pursuing a joint Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She is originally from Mexico City and her background is in forestry, with a focus on the social side of resource management. At Yale, she is involved in environmental communication activities such as EFFY and the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. She is passionate about animal rights and plant-based living, and enjoys drawing, photography, and scuba diving.



Leah Michaelsen is a full-time staff member at Yale School of Medicine, and also works as an independent marketing and communications consultant. Originally from Washington State, Leah holds a Master of Communication and Leadership Studies degree from Gonzaga University where she specialized in digital media, marketing strategy, and organizational communication. She enjoys being involved in activities at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (where her husband recently graduated), and is thrilled to be a part of EFFY 2017.


emma crow-willard, volunteer coordinator

Emma Crow-Willard is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Her previous work has been in water resource management of Southern California, global carbon absorption and emission detection, and mapping of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.  In addition, she worked in Los Angeles as an actress and production assistant for three years.  Emma has a strong interest in fictional feature films with a focus in science and sustainability.


Effy monster

EFFY Monster has been with the festival since the very beginning. Serving as the official Environmental Film Festival at Yale mascot, EFFY Monster has been an ever-present figure at all EFFY events, screenings, and panel discussions. An enthusiastic supporter, film lover, and audience favorite, EFFY Monster is proud to (once again) be a part of the team!