emma crow-willard, director
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.
Sanna O'Connor-Morberg, Programming
Sanna is a second year MEM student studying water resource management and urban resilience. She is born in New Zealand and spent three years working as an environmental engineer in Auckland before coming to F&ES. She also speaks fluent Swedish and hopes to work in Scandinavia once she graduates from Yale. Her film expertise falls strongly on the viewing side - an important part of the equation. She joined the EFFY directorial board out of a love for film festivals and an excuse to indulge in some great cinema.
Caroline Hobbs, Volunteer Coordinator
Caroline, a second year Masters student at FES and coral reef ecologist, is fascinated by the power of film to create pathways between and around otherwise unyielding emotional, political, and economic barriers. Her studies are broadly focused on socioecological and systems-thinking based approaches to education and problem solving. She is currently researching coral resiliency, working to apply what she’s learning from corals about the epigenetics of stress responses to early childhood education. Caroline is consistently amazed by the awe-inspired action and warmth of connection brought about by environmental films and could not be happier to be a part of the Environmental Film Festival team at Yale.
Abby is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management with a focus on sustainable food systems and corporate social responsibility. Abby served as a U.S Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia and as a Natural Resource Management U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. While living in Washington, D.C., she worked for a social enterprise and an environmental non-profit, and has served as a community organizer in her home town located Central Appalachia. Most recently, as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow she helped accelerate progress toward industry sustainability goals by leading the development of greenhouse gas inventory guidance for dairy processors with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
Jesse Callahan Bryant, Programming
Jesse is a first year MEM student who came to F&ES after a number of years living out of his car in the mountains. He is interested in the ways in which different cultures relate to the non-human world—both in stories and in behavior. He is not an avid reader, and thus has over time become obsessed with other media, in particular, video. This affinity for visual communication led him to the EFFY directorial board whereon he puts together the program and manages the website.
Elise Gilchrist, Marketing
Elise Gilchrist is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her previous work has been in media and communications for a variety of organizations. She worked for non-profits in Thailand and Mexico promoting wildlife conservation and most recently for a coastal agency in North Carolina. Elise has a strong interest in using video as a story-telling tool in the environmental field.
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!