Rivkah Beth Medow - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Rivkah Beth Medow, Director

Rivkah is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who has produced and directed documentary, broadcast, commercial, and non-profit productions for the past 15 years. Her projects have been seen by millions on Netflix, PBS, Food Network, BBC, and in film festivals worldwide. Following a long-standing interest in social and environmental justice, Rivkah co-produced two series of transformative documentaries for The Pachamama Alliance and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. In response to the discrepancy of access to media production tools in Oakland schools, Rivkah co-created a media literacy and production program for at-risk youth in the Oakland Unified School District. The program was youth driven and students collaboratively created short films that had festival and community screenings.

She joined the Foundation’s board in 2011 and since that time, has been a part of its incredible growth and the development of several major grantmaking strategies. Her efforts include helping to create the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, a nonprofit that connects resources in the community to the real estate needs of arts and cultural organizations.

Prior to her filmmaking career, she worked primarily as a sculptor, teaching at the University of Vermont and creating a permanent public art installation commissioned by the city of Burlington, VT. Rivkah holds a BA in English Literature from Indiana University and an MFA in Film/Video and Performance from the California College of the Arts.