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Kia Brooks

Deputy Director

Kia Brooks is the Deputy Director at The Gotham Film & Media Institute. She oversees the organization’s programming and communications, and supports the organization’s development and strategic planning efforts. She is also the founder of The Gotham’s Owning It program which is dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering women and non-binary creators and entrepreneurs who break down boundaries in the media and entertainment industry. She also developed the Expanding Communities program, which is dedicated to providing resources, a community space, and industry access to individuals with Disabilities and Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQIA+ creators across film, TV, and audio industries. Through partnerships with organizations aligned with uplifting historically excluded voices, the program acts as a platform for both creators and organizations to reach new audiences, develop networks of potential collaborators, and access career advancement resources and opportunities within the media and entertainment industry.

Prior to her role as Deputy Director, Kia was the Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. She oversaw the Media Center’s general operations, event programming, membership and strategic partnerships. Before joining IFP, she worked in publicity and special events for over five years at revered companies such as Focus Features, Tribeca Film Festival, and Oscilloscope Laboratories working on theatrical releases, awards campaigns and special events titles include Dallas Buyers Club, Anna Karenina, Moonrise Kingdom, and Time is Illmatic, among others. Kia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications from American University and a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University. Kia loves connecting people and building community.