Dawn Hudson

Dawn Hudson

Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Dawn Hudson has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2011.

As CEO, Hudson directs all of the Academy’s efforts across a broad spectrum of activity that includes education, outreach, research, and preservation programs. In this capacity, she also oversees the Oscars and supervises the Academy’s staff of more than 350 employees.

Under Hudson’s leadership, the Academy continues to modernize its business practices, including implementing strategies to digitize its unparalleled archival collections, expand efforts to connect its more than 7,000 global filmmakers and artists, and is on the forefront of shaping governance and inclusion within the organization. A central endeavor of Hudson’s tenure has been the development of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Currently under construction and slated to open in 2019, the $388 million project is designed by architect Renzo Piano, and will establish the world’s foremost movie museum showcasing the Academy’s unmatched assets and collections.

Prior to her appointment as Academy CEO, Hudson was the Executive Director of Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to supporting independent film. Before coming to Film Independent, Hudson was editor-in-chief of St. Louis magazine. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, and completed graduate work in political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Grenoble, France, and at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.