Jean Picker Firstenberg

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Jean Picker Firstenberg has been the CEO and Director of the American Film Institute since 1980[1] till her retirement in 2007. She was their second CEO, and the first woman,[2] At the time of her appointment, she was an executive at the Markle Foundation.[3]

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Eugene Picker, former president of Loew's movie theaters, and sister of David V. Picker, vice-president of Lorimar Films.[4]

Education[edit]

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College,[5] In 1958, she attended the Boston University College of Communication, graduating summa cum laude.,,[6][7][8]


Early career[edit]

Wishing to become a sports announcer, she took a job as the assistant to the president of WMGM-AM in New York. Later, she worked for the "Democratic National Committee (1964), organized US participation in the 1965 Moscow Film Festival, later became assistant producer of public affairs television programs on WRC-TV in Washington, and in 1968 joined the J. Walter Thompson Advertising. There she worked until 1972 on the relationship between TV programming and advertising revenues.Democratic National Committee (1964), organized US participation in the 1965 Moscow Film Festival, later became assistant producer of public affairs television programs on WRC-TV in Washington, and in 1968 joined the J. Walter Thompson Advertising. There she worked until 1972 on the relationship between TV programming and advertising revenues." After moving to Princeton, NJ, she joined Princeton University's communications office, eventually becoming the director [9]

Personal life[edit]

The mother of Debra and David, she is divorced from Paul Firstenberg, an executive at the Children's Television Workshop.[10]

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