Ana Blanco, Executive Director, joined the SFIOFF in 2011 for the 8th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. Ana brings more than ten years of extensive experience in executive non-profit management and event planning with various organizations in the Bay Area. She has served as a volunteer, board member, staff member and donor.
Most recently she held the role of V. P. Development Director with The BizWorld Foundation, an educational entrepreneurship curriculum for young students and prior to that she served as the Donor Relations officer for the San Francisco Foundation. Her passion for the ocean is exemplified in her commitment as a volunteer with The Bluewater Foundation, dedicated to introducing at-risk youth to the joys and challenges of sailing on the San Francisco Bay.
Board of Directors
Anthony DuComb, President
Anthony joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and brings an extensive background in legal experience, having practiced law for 35 years, specializing in all aspects of employment and labor law litigation. He recently retired as the Managing Counsel, Pacific Area Law Office, of the United States Postal Service, where he advised USPS officers and executives.
Anthony has been involved with the festival since its creation in 2004, originally working to help secure financial partners, and as a donor and participant since then. He is actively involved in Swim Across America, raising funds for cancer research. He is an active member of the historic Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club serving as Board President and other key leadership roles. Anthony himself is an avid triathlete and open water swimmer who has completed a six-person relay team swim across the English Channel, competed in the Mt. Washington New Hampshire Bicycle Hill Climb, and raced in numerous Half-Ironman and Ironman triathlons.
Dan Howard, Secretary
Chair, Education Committee
Dan joined the Board of Directors in 2012. Dan has been studying the marine environment in California since 1980 focusing on kelpbed ecology, predator/prey relationships and juvenile rockfish recruitment in a coastal upwelling system. Dan worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service from 1980-1995 and joined the National Marine Sanctuaries in 1995 and now serves as the superintendent for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Through Dan’s leadership efforts, the CBNMS is the lead sponsor of the Student Film Competition, now in its third year.
Chair, Festival Committee
Kip is a professional photographer, underwater explorer, and award-winning cinematographer. Throughout his career, Kip has collaborated with many notable organizations and individuals. For over 10 years, he has worked on several National Geographic Society projects including the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, serving as the chief photographer for noted marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle. During this project, Kip traveled in the US, Mexico, American Samoa, and Belize, exploring remote offshore underwater canyons, pinnacles, and reefs, and spending over 300 hours diving submersibles at depths of 1,800 feet.
Kip joined the Sylvia Earle Alliance in 2008, as the Director of Photography and Expeditions. Since then he has led expeditions to Belize, Cuba, and Mexico, documenting “hope spots”, special areas of the ocean that need critical protection. As a cinematographer, Kip has worked on a number of underwater documentaries, including specials for CNN, BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, including “Pearl Harbor – Legacy of Attack” with Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic. Several of Kip’s films have debuted at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.
Troy Campbell, Vice-President
Chair, Publicity & Marketing Committee
Troy is the Executive Director of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and has helped the organization plan its marketing and public relations strategies. Troy oversees community relations and established the CBD’s robust internet and social media presence. Since graduating from Eastern Washington University, Troy has logged over 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry, both domestic and international. He began his career as a National Park Ranger at Mt. Rainier and Badlands National Parks. In addition to his professional experience, Troy has volunteered and worked for several non-profits assisting them with sponsorship, marketing, website development and fundraising. He has also run his own freelance media company and also has a background in law enforcement. Before coming to San Francisco and the FWCBD Troy was the Senior Product Development Manager for an adventure cruise line and managed 12 ships spread between Alaska and Antarctica. After several years of partnering with the SFIOFF, Troy joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
Chair, Strategic Planning
Teresa Chiu is a Senior Manager supporting multi-channel initiatives at Walmart eCommerce and brings over 5+ years of extensive financial planning & analysis experience. As an avid diver and underwater photographer with diving experience in Belize, Honduras and Indonesia, Chiu is deeply passionate about protecting the ocean, specifically from marine debris.
Judy Noyes joined the board in October 2014. Judy is a former film and television publicist and avid film aficionado, bringing her love of film and passion for the ocean to her role as the 2015 Chair of the Opening Night Gala. As a filmmaker, she recently produced the award-winning documentary, Running for Jim. The film tells the story of record-breaking high school running coach Jim Tracy, his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), and his 2010 championship team that brought his story to international attention. Judy is currently a real estate sales and marketing professional with Decker Bullock International Sotheby's Realty specializing in Southern Marin. In her spare time, you can find her on the waters paddle boarding or on the beach watching her husband and sons catch waves.
Krist Jake, Founder
Krist established the Festival in 2003 and, with the help of many others, has overseen its growth. He is the founder of Redwood Capital, a service provider to early stage businesses, and co-founder and former Chairman of Denali Education Center, a non-profit in Alaska. Krist, a Princeton and Stanford grad, and a former officer in the United States Navy, has swum thousands of miles in San Francisco Bay and is one of the "Legends" of the Original Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. His wife, Laurie, is also a Festival volunteer.
Dawn Glenn, Filmmaker Liaison
Sidney J. P. Hollister
Mary Jane Schramm
Victoria Brims, Festival Volunteer Coordinator
Debra Wade Carney, Co-Chair 2015 Opening Night Gala
Hayley Carter, Social Media Coordinator
Katherine Cima, Marketing Outreach
Drew Corey, Original Music, 2014 Trailer
Dawn Glenn, Filmmaker Liaison
Nora Hall, Communty Partners Liaison
Yuko Inatsuki, 2014 Trailer
Kat Nelson, Opening Night Gala, Silent Auction
Kristine Okimura, Education Coordinator
Mary Piller, 2015 Trailer
Perry Pickert, Technical Consultant, Fridays Films
Bettina Smilo, Education Outreach Specialist
Jennifer Stock, Student Film Competition
Jeanene Taylor, Student Film Competition Coordinator
Matthew Tominaga, Graphic Design
Andy Thornley, Emcee Extraordinaire