Denise Beek is an arts administrator and communications specialist who has worked to serve arts and culture in Philadelphia for a decade. She has served as Managing Director of the BlackStar Film Festival, Board Secretary and Program Coordinator of the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, and Marketing and Multicultural Affairs Coordinator at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Her experience also includes serving as Program Associate at the Union Square Awards in New York City and Communications Chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, New York Chapter. A lover of the written word and performance, she dabbles in creative writing and improvisation. She graduated from Temple University with a BA in Communications & Mass Media. Born to West Indian/Caribbean immigrants, Denise Beek grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. She is currently the Communications Director of the BlackStar Film Festival and an active Steering Committee Member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Philadelphia Chapter. She lives in Germantown with her four-year-old son.