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EMELLIE O’BRIEN

Founder & CEO

EOB is the East Coast’s leading expert in the field of sustainable entertainment production. Her sustainability leadership on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 contributed to it being acclaimed as “the most eco-friendly blockbuster in Sony Pictures’ history.” She is the author of the Producer’s Guild of America commissioned report “Going Green & Saving Green: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Sustainable Filmmaking.” A Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum, a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, and a 2018 Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Rising Star, EOB also speaks around the world on the topic of sustainable production. She graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & Television. When she isn’t dumpster diving or advancing her ladyboss skills, she is roaming Brooklyn with her dog, Sully.

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DAPHNE MEDINA

Director of Business Development

Daphne Medina is a film geek and sustainability professional focused on the ways in which the entertainment industry can help solve global social and environmental issues. She honed her skills in strategic planning and corporate social responsibility, as well as her expertise in the science of climate change and carbon accounting during her time in the M.B.A./M.S. program at University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Before settling down in the entertainment industry, she worked on environmental issues around the world, from carbon offsets in Kenya to public transit on Hawai`i Island to eco-tourism in Ireland. Hailing from Boston, she attended Boston University, graduating with B.A. in Political Science. When she has a free moment, she is probably trying a new seasonal recipe or catching up on all the movies and tv shows on her (very long) list.

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GRACE GIFFUNE

Production Supervisor

Grace Giffune (jiff like the peanut butter) has three passions in life: living sustainably, making movies, and smashing the patriarchy. Surprisingly, she’s been able to find a way to merge all three into one job here at Earth Angel! She grew up learning how to love the planet in Western Massachusetts and Maine before moving onto NYC in 2013 to learn about the entertainment industry and feminism. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch Film program with honors, she initially joined Earth Angel in 2017 as an Eco PA on the feature film Puzzle and was quickly promoted due to her extensive on-set skills and Certified Trash Queen™ status. When she isn’t frolicking through piles of trash, she spends her time spoiling her adorable cat Meowzie Beetz and trying to forget about the 6 months she spent working at Walt Disney World.

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ALLISON RESER

Operations Manager

Allison Reser is highly committed to protecting the planet in her personal and professional life, as demonstrated by her B.S. in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability from Colorado State University, LEED Green Associate Credential, environmental nonprofit work experience, refusal of single-use plastic items, and tendency to commute by bike. A drive to pursue filmmaking and writing brought her to New York City from her hometown of Denver, Colorado in February 2018. She is thrilled to be part of the Earth Angel team, where she can combine her sustainability expertise with an interest in the film industry. At the end of the day, she enjoys petting her cat, Nova, and sipping a cold craft beer.

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TANZY OWEN

Sustainability Specialist

Tanzy Owen is a lover of second hand things who takes reducing, reusing and (as a last resort) recycling very seriously. She graduated with honors from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Environments and is an alumna of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, where she channeled her energy into ways to reduce waste in film production. Combining years of experience working on television sets and all of that study, she pioneered a bespoke sustainability plan for MasterChef Australia with hugely successful results. She is also a one time academic writer, and the author of the green production guidelines for Australia’s largest production company. These days you can find her riding the streets of Brooklyn daydreaming about pie.

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SULLIVAN O’BRIEN

Morale Officer

Sully is the backbone of company morale, bringing one and a half years of strong expertise in cuddles and kisses. His sad eyes are sure to convince even the staunchest climate denier that recycling is important. He loves hanging out at the crafty table and playing in sprinklers!