Paula Smith Arrigoni | BAVC

Paula Smith Arrigoni

Paula Smith Arrigoni

Staff
Executive Director
Paula Smith Arrigoni BAVCs new Executive Director January 2019
Interests 
hanging with my 4 kids
developing and investing in independent film (doc and narrative)
running
speaking Italian and living an italo-americano life!

Paula Smith Arrigoni

Staff
Executive Director

Paula Smith Arrigoni brings to BAVC a passion for supporting emerging storytellers, and two decades of experience investing in, consulting and managing nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Smith Arrigoni co-founded a grantmaking and mentorship program for emerging, diverse narrative filmmakers in the Bay Area, and served as executive producer on a slate of narrative films, including two premiering at Sundance in 2019. Previously, she was COO at Youth Speaks, a national leader in arts education and youth development, where she helped triple its annual operating budget and directed a national field-building initiative called the Brave New Voices Network Initiative. Smith Arrigoni developed her management expertise advising and investing in nonprofits for Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund at the US Treasury Department. She’s also been an independent consultant to many Bay Area social impact organizations, and a Board member/Treasurer at Camp Reel Stories and Women’s Community Clinic, among others throughout her career. A returning graduate of UCLA, Smith Arrigoni studied sociology, urban planning and film and television producing. 

“It’s an honor to become BAVC’s next Executive Director. BAVC has been at the forefront of creating accessible, impact-driven film and media programs. When you ask around, many film and media makers took their first class or received early mentorship at BAVC. That’s remarkable.”