Erin Essenmacher is an award-winning writer, director and producer with more than 20 years of experience in writing, broadcast and non-broadcast production, content curation and content strategy. She recently served as Chief Programming Officer of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
She began her production career at Hedrick Smith Productions, where she was responsible for all phases of production and outreach on several prime-time specials for PBS, including Critical Condition, Juggling Work and Family and Rediscovering Dave Brubeck. She has since worked as writer, producer and director on documentary films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel and Court TV, and numerous corporate and nonprofit clients including Acura, Sony, the Gap, Little Pim, Archiventure, SEIU and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She produced and co-wrote the independent documentary MINE which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW and the San Francisco Documentary Festival and aired on PBS Independent Lens.
Prior to serving on the Board of Docs In Progress, Erin was President of Women in Film and Video's Washington Dc chapter, has served on the Board of Gandhi Brigade (youth media organization) and Reach for College!, and has been on the AFI DOCS Film Festival Screening Committee.