Staff & Administration

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film

Staff & Administration

Executive Management

manuel rivera-ortiz, foundation president & founder / Governance

andre pfanner, Senior VP Finance / Legal

peter scribner, Senior VP / Legal

Editorial & Media

Michael Palmieri, Executive VP Public Relations, Media, Web / International

Mr. Palmieri is a marketing communications and business process consultant. Mr. Palmieri focuses on marketing services and product management for emerging financial technology firms. With extensive energy and financial markets news gathering and information dissemination experience at Reuters, he currently serves as the Director of Information Technology for Fossil Free Indexes LLC, a newly established environmental, social and governance index and research company. Past engagement include management, business development and marketing positions at FinAnalytica Inc. (now BISAM), Insightful Corp. (now TIBCO) and Soliton Associates (now SunGard). Based in New York City, Mr. Palmieri writes and edits extensively in the area of financial risk management with recent contributed pieces in Pension & Investments Online and Investment & Pensions Europe. Mr. Palmieri holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from Ohio State University.

Maryvonne Lepage, Associate VP Communications / France


nicolas havette, artistic director

Nicolas Havette is a freelance curator and photographer. He is a member of Hans Lucas Agency. Mr. Havette works between France and Southeast Asia. Since 2011, he has been serving as the director at Gallery le Magasin de Jouets in Arles. Previously, he was Art Director of the festival Les Nuits Photographique in Paris from 2010 – 2014. Mr. Havette’s collaborations include Yangon Photo Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles and Festival les Photaumnales. He is a graduate of the National School of Photography in Arles, France.

Allan Griffiths, Photo Historian / Curatorial Advisor / Associate VP Curatorial

Arles Logistics

Patricia Philbin, Social Media / Public Relations, Visitor and Operations Coordinator

Patricia Philbin began her career as a journalist and managed an international news bureau in Silicon Valley. Over the past 15 years, she has lived in France and several European countries, working as a communication consultant. Patricia has developed content strategy for leading global companies to promote their brand via print, internet and social media. She has consulted for clients such as the L’Oréal Foundation (For Women in Science research grant program for women scientists), Danone Communities (sustainable economic development for emerging economies) and Novartis (Biodiversity/Carbon Offset initiatives).


jason m. kIEfer, boylan code, llp, rochester

Summer 2017 Staff & Interns

Angeline Tubajiki, Partners and Events Coordinator

Isabelle Ha Eav, Communications and Graphic Design

Michael Palmieri
Michael Palmieri
Nicholas Havette
Nicolas Havette
Patricia Philbin
Patricia Philbin
Charitable Words
MROF extends special thanks to our friend Tom Callinan and his amazing organization Charitable Words for their continued funding of our summer interns program.