It was announced in March that former longtime W+F director Gillian Zettler moved on from the festival. In light of the departure, Alyssa Maute Smith, W+F’s longtime communications and marketing director was named as interim executive director, effective immediately. 

“Alyssa’s tenure with the festival has been marked by very effective execution on numerous fronts, and her leadership skills have impressed the entire board,” said board chair Mamie Bush. “We are thrilled that she is eager to step into this new role and help create an amazing 2023 festival.”

“I am humbled and inspired by the board’s support of me as interim director,” said Maute Smith. “It is no exaggeration to say I deeply love this city and this festival, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a great team to help keep this organization moving forward with purpose and energy.”

A search for a permanent executive director will take place soon as the festival plans to work with a search firm. Details about the position and how to apply will be available soon on the festival’s website.

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