The Roxie Welcomes New Executive Director Elizabeth O’Malley

San Francisco, CA — The Roxie Theater announced today that Elizabeth O’Malley has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the organization, effective August 21.

“We feel that Elizabeth has the perfect combination of skills and experience necessary to grow the Roxie and to ensure that we can continue our mission for years to come.” said board president, Diana Fuller.

O’Malley brings to the Roxie a decade long career in arts non-profit administration and leadership. Through her most recent work as Assistant Director of Individual Giving at Sundance Institute, Elizabeth implemented innovative strategies and engagement programs that maximized funding for independent filmmakers and brought the best of independent film to audiences worldwide. Her contribution to the iconic film institution could be seen most notably in the Catalyst Initiative, Women at Sundance program, and Sundance Circle giving program.

“Elizabeth was a vital part of the Sundance Institute team in creating new programs and funding partnerships that sustained the organization’s work,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “Her passion and leadership is perfectly aligned with the Roxie and I look forward to following her impact in the field.”

As a Bay Area native, Elizabeth’s passion for film was ignited at local movie houses like The Castro, The Rafael Film Center, and the Roxie. O’Malley recently returned to the area to receive her MPA from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. During this time, she served as an arts policy consultant to the City of Oakland, recommending how an Arts and Culture District program could be used to prevent artist displacement and encourage equitable access to the arts.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to collaborate with the Board and staff of the Roxie and reconnect with my local community of film artists and audiences. After ten years in LA, I couldn’t imagine a better homecoming to SF.” said O’Malley. “I’ve long admired the Roxie for its deep commitment to offering cinematic experiences that are as unique and diverse as the community that surrounds it. It’s a true privilege to be a part of this important cultural institution and honor its long history by ensuring its thriving future.”

As Executive Director, O’Malley will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Roxie and lead a strategy for organizational growth. She will be responsible for expanding the Roxie’s community reach, initiating strategic partnerships, and cultivating relationships with donors, foundations and corporate sponsors.

Former Executive Director, Dave Cowen, will remain involved with the Roxie Theater as a member of the Board of Directors from his new home of Milwaukee, WI. “After our record year and with my looming departure, we were looking for someone who would not only be able to sustain this year’s record performance, but also work with the community to continue to grow the organization, and Elizabeth was the perfect fit,” said Cowen.

Opened in 1909, the Roxie Theater is the oldest continuously operating movie theater in the country. A San Francisco landmark in the Mission District, the Roxie brings people together to meet and connect through distinctive cinematic experiences. Guided by the passionate belief that engaging with a movie doesn’t end with the credits, the Roxie invites filmmakers, curators, entertainers and educators to interact with Bay Area audiences. The Roxie provides inspiration and opportunity for the next generation, and serves as a forum for the independent film community reflecting the spirit of the diverse Bay Area population. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it is donor and member supported. Membership provides access to films, special events and other special programming.

For questions or additional info, please contact Dave Cowen, Board Member and Outgoing Executive Director, at