Executive Director, Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment
As executive director of The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA TFT, Peter Bisanz brings his extensive experience as a social entrepreneur, filmmaker and global communications expert to build awareness and transform social capital in a way that affects society positively.
Bisanz was formerly the head of development and communications for the Global Knowledge Networks (GKN), the think tank to the World Economic Forum where global experts work to address the most pressing challenges facing the world today. Prior to joining the Forum, Bisanz was the founder and director of Entropy Films and the Beyond Our Differences Foundation, where he created socially relevant documentaries, films and education programs on global issues. In 2007, he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and currently serves on their advisory board. Early in his career, he worked at Paramount Pictures and later became vice president of development at the Ladd Production Company where he helped develop more than 40 projects including An Unfinished Life starring Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, and the Oscar-nominated film Gone Baby Gone directed by Ben Affleck.
Bisanz has a B.F.A. in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an M.B.A. from University of Oxford’s Said Business School and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at the School’s Center for Public Leadership.
Program Manager, Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment
Marissa Moran is honored to be part of the inaugural team at the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment, where she leads operational needs and manages the rollout of the Center’s programs and activities. Having dedicated her career to the intersection of media and social change, she brings a dynamic background in international development, strategic communications and nonprofit management.
Before joining the Skoll Center, Moran was a communications manager at Hershey Cause Communications, where she worked with a range of nonprofits and foundations to design and implement their communications and marketing strategies to advance their missions. Before moving to Los Angeles, she worked for Albany Associates, a strategic communications firm based in London that specializes in navigating communications in conflict and post-conflict zones. At Albany, she served clients including the UN, DFID, USAID and OSCE.
Moran holds a master’s degree in media, communication and development from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University, graduating summa cum laude and phi beta kappa. She is an alumna of the national AmeriCorps direct service program.
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