Sam Gaty, Executive Director
Sam Gaty was born in Ashland, Oregon and grew up outside of Salem. He’s worked in film and commercial production in Portland since 2008. In 2010 he was a co-founder of Field Test Independent Film Corps, a production company focused on cinematic documentaries about modern science. Sam has also been an instructor with NW Documentary since 2001 when he started teaching in the Documentary Explorers Camps and joined the board in 2016. He stepped up as Executive Director in 2017. He has a life long passion for storytelling and the geography of the Pacific North West.
Chelsea Smith, Operations Manager
Chelsea helps run all aspects of NW Documentary; managing productions, building community partnerships, coordinating workshops and supporting the daily operational functions. She has a background in educational programming and volunteer management for international non-profits. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota, studied Multimedia and Video Production at PCC and has produced her own music and short films.
Board of Directors:
Kerri Lynne Thorp
Jonathan Fine, Kaiser Permanente
David Hamilton, Myhre Group
Jessica Martin, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Tom Ranieri, Cinema 21