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Nancy Stephens

President, Rosenthal Family Foundation

Biography

Nancy Stephens lives in Los Angeles with her filmmaker husband, Rick Rosenthal, and their three children. Nancy transitioned seamlessly from a long and successful acting career and member of the Actors Studio to being a full time advocate for both Environmental Sustainability and the Arts. She's serves on the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, where she is just one of four citizen activists among esteemed scientists and Nobel Laureates. She also serves on the Board of Americans For The Arts, as well as the LA Arts for All Pooled Fund.

Nancy and her husband actively support meaningful and socially relevant documentary films through his company Whitewater Films such as the award-winning film THE SQUARE and the Academay Award nominated short OPEN HEART.

In 2014 Nancy participated in the first public screenings of OPEN HEART in rural Rwanda. This film changed the distribution of antibiotics for children with strep throat in Rwanda, which will continue to help prevent rheumatic hear disease in thousands of Rwandan children. THE SQUARE and OPEN HEART were screened in 2014 at the Skoll World Forum.

Nancy is an active advocate for strong scientifically based Environmental Policy as well as advocating for Federal funding for the Arts on every level and as crucial part in public school education.

For the last 20 years Nancy has been an active political fundraiser in Los Angeles for Progressive Democrats and consequently has many strong allies in the Senate and the House. Nancy is often the liaison between the Senators and their policy people and the Union of Concerned Scientists and Americans for the Arts.

She is currently on a mission to have every Senator and Congress person become a member of their Senate/Congressional Cultural and Arts Caucus.

Internationally Nancy supports two brilliant women Conservation Biologists working with the Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania, and now in Rwanda in the innovative program Lion Guardians.