Featured Member

Gretjen Clausing

Gretjen Clausing – Leeway Foundation board member photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net

Executive Director, PhillyCAM
Philadelphia, PA

Why are you an ACM member?
I am a member of the ACM for the incredible support that I receive from this wonderful group of people who are committed to this work of providing people the tools and know-how to use media to transform our communities. ACM is my kitchen cabinet, my sounding board, my cable franchise hotline, my shoulder to cry on.  It is amazing to have this network of peers just a phone call away.

What do you enjoy about being an ACM member?
I have always been so moved by the extreme generosity of the community that is the ACM.  There is such a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity that inspires me on a regular basis.  I enjoy the conferences as an opportunity to connect in person and for the annual opportunity to dance like there’s no tomorrow.

Tell us a little about yourself.
My independent film roots go back to late 80s in Philadelphia where I worked as a film curator and communications specialist on repertory film programs and festivals.  Prior to becoming the ED of PhillyCAM in 2009, I was the Program Director at the nationally recognized media arts center Scribe Video Center. I have served on the boards of NAMAC, the Philadelphia Independent Film Video Association and the Leeway Foundation.  Back in the late 90’s I joined the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition, the grassroots group that successfully lobbied for the creation of public access television in Philadelphia, a landmark victory. That is when my work in community media and my relationship with the ACM really began.  And as an undergrad at Ithaca College I worked on the college radio station so I’m looking forward to getting back on the air in 2016 when PhillyCAM’s low power fm radio station goes live!