New Director Named for Michigan Film Office

New Director Named for Michigan Film Office

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Jenell Leonard, of DeWitt, MI, as director of the Michigan Film Office.

Leonard replaces Margaret O’Riley who has now taken on the role of vice president of corporate affairs at Michigan Economic Development Corp, as SCREEN reported last week.

“Jenell is dedicated to Michigan’s reinvention and brings extensive state government experience to this position,” Snyder said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Jenell in this new role and thank Margaret for her service to our state.”

Leonard is director of external and strategic affairs for Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, where she has worked on initiatives related to good government/state employee engagement, employment disability, autism, mental health and the New International Trade Crossing. She also organized the 2013 Council of Great Lakes Governor’s Summit on Mackinac Island and previously served as legislative staff in the Michigan House of Representatives. Leonard earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Thomas Edison State College, a master’s degree in public administration from Walden University, and is an alumna of the Michigan Political Leadership Program.

Leonard’s appointment is effective Feb. 9.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at