Jenna Jackson is the Executive Director of the Writers Guild Initiative (WGI), an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization associated with the Writers Guild of America, East. She’s served with the WGI in various capacities since 2010. Since becoming a part of WGI, she’s coordinated over 90+ writing workshops and programs with underserved communities including veterans, caregivers of critically wounded veterans, immigrant youth, exonerated death row survivors, at-risk youth, those currently incarcerated, and LGBTQ+ communities, among others. A graduate of the MFA program in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, she is a writer, producer, teacher, and performer; having written several short films, plays, short stories, and monologues. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Chiara Montalto Giannini is the Communications Director and Workshop Coordinator for the Writers Guild Initiative. She holds a degree from Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research. A Brooklyn native, she is the author of a one-woman play, “A Brooklyn Love Story: Emergency Used Candles,” which was based on the decade she spent living with her maternal grandfather in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. It was produced Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, and Theatre 68 in LA. She adapted the play into a screenplay and has won several awards for it on the national level. She has appeared in many plays and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild.