Debra Zimmerman has been the executive director of Women Make Movies Women Make Movies, a nonprofit, New York-based film organization that supports women filmmakers, since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Zimmerman has curated and organized video and film exhibitions for numerous organizations, including the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Formerly the president and chair of the board of directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, and a member of the board of the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, Zimmerman has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDOC, and Reel Scree,n as well as film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. She sat on the Center's Pew Fellowships panel in 2009.