Nancy Rosenthal

Founder and Executive Director

Filmmaker, passionate conservationist, avid sailor and scuba diver, Nancy Rosenthal made a variety of award-winning films about the natural world for National Geographic before exploring contemporary issues and the performing arts as subjects. The independent feature film Last Dance Nancy worked on was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Nancy is a creative leader with New York Women in Film and Television, producing events with top filmmakers to educate and inspire members at all career levels. She is an active member of the Explorers Club and joined a flagged expedition to Papua New Guinea for a documentary film project, HeadHunt Revisited. Her talent for discovering films that tell powerful stories in new ways, combined with her keen eye for up-and-coming filmmakers, makes her a frequent juror for film festivals around the world. A kindred spirit with all adventurers, Nancy believes in the power of film to engage New Yorkers in exploration, conservation and environmental advocacy.

Buff Kavelman

Strategic Advisor

Buff Kavelman is the President of The Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors (TKG), a consulting firm she founded in 1997 to build strength in the nonprofit world. TKG has been a catalyst for significant growth and positive change for a wide range of individual donors, foundations and nonprofit leaders across the United States and in 23 countries around the world.  Prior to founding TKG, Buff held senior positions at the American Academy in Rome, the Smithsonian and Columbia University. With over 25 years of experience as a funder, board member and nonprofit executive, she has a uniquely balanced perspective on philanthropy. Buff has served on many nonprofit boards and committees, including the Author’s Guild, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Women’s Media Center, the Council on Foundations, and Philanthropy New York’s Membership and International Grantmaking Committees.  Since 2016, she has served on the expert selection panel for The New York Community Trust’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

Jay Bauer

Branding and Marketing Advisor

A strategic leader and team player, Jay has had a successful career collaborating with many businesses, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, creating highly effective and visually powerful marketing communications, branding, website development, and interactive media. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to work in a variety of industries including, financial services, insurance, healthcare, technology, telecommunications and non-profit.

In 2004, Jay co-founded Hatch Design Group, an integrated graphic design and marketing communications firm. Hatch’s core competency is to help clients strengthen their marketing position by transforming key messages into creative communications solutions. While leading a multi-disciplined team, Jay collaborated with senior level executives to create a strategic vision and execute client initiatives from initial concept to production.

While not working, he has a passion for the outdoors, often hiking, skiing, sailing and playing tennis.

Darren Peterson

Audio Visual Manager

Darren Gunnar Peterson is a multimedia artist with a background in the study of life through sculpture. He brings his artistic background to film as a director and manager through animation and an eye for cinematography. His work has been featured in network commercials, YouTube campaigns that have garnered over 30 million views, and digital modeling and animation for major franchises that have earned industry accolades. Darren is an avid world traveler and lover of the outdoors. This is Darren’s third year managing AV for the festival. He created the New York WILD logo animation and the 5th anniversary video “Five WILD Years.”

Lindsay Hanig

Production Coordinator

Lindsay began her work with New York WILD this summer as the Production Coordinator. She was eager to join New York WILD, where her love for animals, nature, the environment and film all intersect.

Prior to New York WILD, Lindsay worked as a Production Assistant for SkyBridge Insights, the media arm of hedge fund SkyBridge Capital. While at SkyBridge, she worked on the revival of “Wall Street Week,” a weekly primetime half-hour television program which airs on Fox Business Network.

When not working, Lindsay enjoys hiking, traveling and playing soccer. She loves exploring the United States National Parks whenever she can. She traveled to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 17. Lindsay is an Illinois native and she has two (adorable) corgis.