Jeanell English

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Jeanell English

The Academy has promoted Jeanell English to the new role of EVP, impact and inclusion, Academy CEO Bill Kramer said on Monday (July 11).

Reporting directly to Kramer, English will lead the organisation’s efforts to address underrepresentation across the industry and to advance the work of emerging and diverse film artists.

Her purview means she will oversee the Academy’s talent development programmes, known as Academy Gold, which include the Gold Rising internship and mentorship programme, Gold Fellowship for Women, Student Academy Awards, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and the Gold Alumni Program.

English, who joined the Academy staff in 2020, will continue to oversee the Academy’s sustainability, representation, inclusion and accessibility efforts. This includes the implementation of the Representation and Inclusion Standards, internal initiatives such as supplier diversity and employee resource groups, and ongoing carbon footprint assessments.

“Over the last two years, Jeanell has been an invaluable part of our evolving Academy team,” said Kramer. “Her commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion has driven progress across Academy departments, as have her contributions to creating a more sustainable and accessible institution. The Academy is deeply dedicated to elevating emerging and underrepresented voices across the film industry, and in this new role, Jeanell will bring her expertise and vision to this important work as well.”

English most recently held the position of vice-president, impact and operations. Prior to the Academy she worked for more than a decade in global diversity and inclusion strategy, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural training and talent management. She was most recently a director at Discovery, Inc.