Joanna Lakatos

Director of Development

Joanna Lakatos joined Kartemquin Films in 2016 as the organization’s Director of Development, bringing 13 years of experience in non-profit management, development and marketing communications – with a deep and longstanding interest in media, the arts and social change. Her areas of expertise include individual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, special events strategy, strategic planning and campaign management.

Before joining the Kartemquin team, Joanna served as an Account Director at Lipman Hearne, a premiere marketing and communications agency operating in the non-profit and education sectors. Her role included leading brand strategy and philanthropic marketing projects with clients like the University of Minnesota, Dominican University, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Connecticut College. Joanna also brings over a decade of direct service to organizations working to develop innovative and high-impact fundraising programs. Operating both as a consultant and as a core team member, Joanna has had the privilege of bolstering the missions of dozens of local and national organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Cara Program, the Japanese American Service Committee, Children’s Home + Aid, Fifth House Ensemble and ACRE Arts Residency – among many others.

Joanna has a deep and abiding passion for authentic storytelling and the powerful role that documentaries can play in advancing social change. She recently had the honor of collaborating with Yellow Wing Productions to produce the award-winning documentary Sole Survivor, which was ultimately acquired by CNN Films for international distribution. The experience solidified her commitment to supporting filmmakers and empowering individuals and communities that have vital stories to share.

She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Language and Literature and received a Summer Links Fellowship in recognition of her commitment to community engagement and social change.