Lady Boss Advisor
Director of Strategic Initiatives, EmcArts
Karina Mangu-Ward is Brooklyn-based artist and arts professional. She is currently the Director of Activating Innovation at EmcArts, where her work fosters a field-wide movement around the importance of innovation and adaptive change in the arts. Prior to joining EmcArts, Karina served as the Associate Producer at HERE, where she managed cutting edge multi-disciplinary projects and produced the documentary series MADE HERE.
As a process facilitator, Karina specializes in helping arts and culture organizations tackle their most pressing complex challenges by developing and testing innovation strategies. Clients include: Girl Scouts of Northern California, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Dance/NYC, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Staten Island Arts.
As an independent filmmaker, Karina's documentary projects use non-fiction media, interactive content, and social networks to spread big ideas. Since 2008, she has produced or directed over 45 shorts films and is now in post-production on her first feature film, Flush, about shit in America.
Karina has an MFA in Theater Management and Producing from Columbia University and an AB from Harvard University.