Marcia A. Smith

Marcia Smith is President and co-Founder of Firelight Media, which supports diverse filmmakers, connects media to audiences in service of social change, and through its sister organization, produces feature length and short documentary films. In 2015, Firelight Media was honored with a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Firelight’s most recent film is Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Firelight’s previous film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution , was released in 2015, and after a successful theatrical run, broke PBS records for broadcast viewership, streaming, and social media. Smith co-founded Firelight in 2000, and led the organization for the next eight years. Prior to returning to Firelight in 2012, Smith served as Senior Vice President at The Atlantic Philanthropies, where she led all grant-making programs, evaluation, and strategic learning for this multi-billion dollar foundation active in seven countries. Among other awards, Smith has received a Primetime Emmy nomination for writing, won the Writers’ Guild Award for best nonfiction writing, and was honored with a 2016 Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television.