Milinda Balthrop, FFTF Founder & President, is a native Washingtonian who received her B.A. in International Affairs from
University and M.B.A. from
University. Ms. Balthrop spent her early career working for Washington, D.C. based non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of women and children through community-based development programs in
Africa. Ms. Balthrop is a former business executive for the world's largest information technology services company and is currently a Master of Arts in Film & Media candidate at Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Balthrop is a member of the Black MBA Association and dedicated to promoting and supporting diverse artistic expression in cinema. As a youth, Ms. Balthrop was an active member of the LaVerne Reed Dance Company, the
Center, the Adrian Bolton Dance company, the Howard University Children's Theater, the Black Repertory Theater, and the George Washington University Dance Company.
Ms. Balthrop is also a member of The Washington, DC Film Society and BoardSource (formerly the
Center for Non Profit Boards). Lynda S. Balthrop, FFTF Founder & Vice President, is a D.C. resident and a native of Philadelphia, PA. Lynda Balthrop holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has worked in both theatre and film. Lynda is recognized as an outstanding performer and for dedicated service to the Arts community.
Lynda’s background as an artist includes: being a member of Robert Hooks’ D.C. Black Repertory Theatre Company, under the late Vantile Whitfield, Artistic Director; and member of the Takoma Theatre Company under Milton McGinty. Freelancing as a performing artist, Lynda has worked in many of the Washington Metropolitan Theatres-- Kennedy Center , StudioTheatre, Arena Stage, et al. Her credentials also include nominations for several prestigious awards, including The 4th and 5th Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist and Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, and The Thurgood Marshall Award. Lynda is a Talent America National Winner.
Lynda’s accomplishments also include writing, producing, and performing a one woman show entitled “A Legend and Her Song,” the stories of Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday. Lynda was also the Program Instructor of LaSalle Elementary school’s after school Theatre and Dance Group and the Director of the after school Adventure Program for The British School of Washington.
Maya Cunningham, FFTFSecretary/Treasurer, currently provides strategic, programmatic, and administrative support to FFTF. Maya has a strong interest in helping young people, particularly those in the DC area. Maya is a recent graduate from Simmons college where she earned her B.A. in Business. She currently works as an administrative assistant for a medication association and would like to continue working for non-profit organizations.
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