Rafiah Vitalis is Firelight’s Director of Finance and Operations. Rafiah has decades-long experience as a finance and nonprofit professional, deeply committed to work that creates transformative change in underserved and historically oppressed communities. This has led Rafiah to a number of community leadership roles and international partnerships serving in the lead role for fiscal management, and streamlining organizational processes and ensuring compliance. In addition, she has also served as a consultant, providing start-ups and small businesses with financial planning, grant management, and organizational strategy and development. She has also served on the boards of the Orisa Community Development Corporation, African American Planning Commission and Empowered Communities Development Corporation. Rafiah’s most recently was designated as an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Inc., and in the past served as faculty at Bronx Community College and the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. At Firelight, Rafiah is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the financial affairs of the organization including human resources, financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting and controls. Rafiah is a native New Yorker and holds a BA in Mathematics and Business Administration, and an MPA in Public Administration.
Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past.
Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, which produces documentary films, provides artistic and financial support to emerging filmmakers of color, and builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates.
Keith M. Brown is currently Executive Vice President of Content for Firelight Films, the premiere non-fiction content company for stories about the contemporary experience, culture and history of diverse communities of color.
Kandace is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature. During her studies, she developed a passion for amplifying marginalized voices and developing narratives that animate and affirm people of color.
Justin Sherwood recently joined Firelight as Communications Director. He previously served as the Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at The New School (Schools of Public Engagement), where he also directed the college’s public program series, managed external partnerships, and was a part-time faculty member in the Creative Writing Program.