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SAG Foundation Taps Cyd Wilson as Executive Director

Wilson replaces Jill Seltzer in role

The SAG Foundation has found a new executive director in Cyd Wilson, who will replace Jill Seltzer in the role.

Wilson is the founder and president of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing, and a long-time creative director of Time Inc’s. Style and Entertainment magazine group. During her 20 year tenure at Time Inc., Wilson created and managed the People Entertainment Industry Foundation SAG Awards Gala, as well as InStyle’s Golden Globes, Grammy Fashion and L.A. Film Fest parties.

Seltzer has served as executive director since 2011.

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On the appointment, SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams commented, “Cyd is one of the powerhouses in the industry. She has vision, passion and a drive to create a successful merging of corporate goals with humanitarian needs. We look forward to working together to further the goals of the SAG Foundation.”

Wilson added: “My career in nonprofits began in Hollywood and coming to the SAG Foundation gives me an opportunity to return full circle and focus solely on the act of giving back to performing artists.  It is at once a challenge and a privilege to take the helm of an expanding philanthropic organization that is committed to providing an unrivaled level of career-enhancing programming and emergency assistance for working performers as well as advancing the cause of children’s literacy.

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“I’ve very much enjoyed [my time at the SAG Foundation] and taken great pride in opening a new office and building the Actors Center in New York, taking the Performers Programs on the road to actors throughout the country, increasing the amount of online programming, stewarding the first-ever million dollar grant and putting an organizational structure in place. All of these accomplishments are the basis for the SAG Foundation to flourish as the national organization that it now is,” Seltzer said. “Having achieved these goals, the timing seems right to return to the broader philanthropic agenda that has been the focus of my work in the past.”