Deana Nassar is a media strategist with more than 10 years of experience working in the entertainment industry, cultivating relationships between the American entertainment industry and Arab and Muslim artists in the US and abroad.
Her most recent tenure as the Artistic Director at the Arab Film Festival led her to help co-found the Arab Film and Media Institute, in California, to address the need to bridge Arab Filmmaking with American audiences.
In 2010, she served as the Hollywood Liaison for the Muslim Public Affairs Council where she engaged decision makers in the entertainment industry in an effort to promote and foster nuanced and accurate depictions of Muslim Americans and Muslim societies.
She currently serves as the Program Director for the Middle East Media Initiative, an innovative professional exchange produced at the USC School of Cinematic Arts that seeks to support and train the current generation of Arab TV screenwriters and content creators in the Middle East in telling local character-driven stories.
Deana is an actor and a writer and holds a B.A. in Sociology and International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, in Washington D.C. She is an active member of the New York bar.