Non-profit vet steps into executive director role

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has tapped Jill Seltzer, a veteran of work for nonprofit orgs, as its new executive director.

Announcement was made Thursday by JoBeth Williams, foundation prexy. It comes five months after Marcia Smith, the longtime exec director resigned after 16 years and was succeeded on an interim basis by former SAG contract chief Sallie Weaver.

Seltzer most recently she served as VP of Institutional Advancement for WBEZ Chicago Public Media after stints at the Weingart Foundation in Los Angeles and as exec director of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in Chicago.

The nonprofit SAG Foundation is funded and governed independently of SAG. Programs include emergency assistance to actors in times of financial and medical distress; a scholarship fund, LifeRaft, Conversations and Casting Access seminars and workshops; an online storytelling project; and BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) with 2,200 volunteers.

The foundation also opened an Actors Center in 2008 in the SAG HQ, offering use of a screening room, editing bays and workshop space. The foundation raised more than $1.2 million in relief funds for actors during the 2000 strike against the ad industry, with Nicolas Cage, Harrison Ford, Helen Hunt, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Spacey and Bruce Willis all making six-figure gifts to the fund.

Earlier this week, the SAG Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic and raised nearly $200,000. Participants included Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Baldwin, Gabriel Aubry, Tom Welling, Kevin Nealon, Michael Pena, Joe Pesci and host Joe Mantegna.

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