Erika Howard is the Audience Engagement and Special Projects Director at American Documentary| POV. Most recently she was the Marketing Manager at Women Make Movies, where she was thrilled to highlight the stellar work of women directors. She is formerly the Associate Director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival - there, she programmed films, developed new audiences and programs, and established relationships with sponsors. In addition to working on the marketing and outreach efforts for documentary and independent features, she also previously worked on production projects at The Documentary Group, Ambrica Productions and Moyers and Company. Inspired by the power of film to impact social change, she founded a film/engagement series featuring women’s issues. She has also participated in non-profit international projects in India she worked with human trafficking victims; in Kenya, with girls affected by FGM; and Ethiopia with women facing the ostracizing effects of obstetric fistula. She is a member of NYWIFT, and a former board member and film committee co-chair of the NY Chapter, US National Committee for UN Women.