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 & Program 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 project 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 produces her own music and short films.

Board of Directors:

Tom Parker
Carson Mischel
Kerri Lynne Thorp
Sam Gaty
Ian McCluskey

Resource Council:

Jon Combs, Pro Photo Supply
Jonathan Fine, Kaiser Permanente
Michael Kilgore, First Republic Bank
David Hamilton, Myhre Group
Kathleen Lewis
Jessica Martin, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Ben Moorad
Tom Ranieri, Cinema 21