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About the Skoll Center

The Skoll Center for SIE at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television serves to advance the role of entertainment and performing arts to inspire and drive social change. Its mission is to establish, define and foster the new field of social impact entertainment, and serve as a resource for students, practitioners, and organizations in this emerging ecosystem.


Laura Herb

Program Manager

At The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA TFT, Laura Herb has been able to combine her years of experience in film development with her desire to make a change in the world through the power of storytelling.

Prior to the Skoll Center, Laura was Director of Development at Imagine Entertainment where she worked on such films as Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, the James Brown biopic Get On Up starring Chadwick Boseman, and The Dark Tower, adapted from the novels by Stephen King and starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Laura first began her career in the non-profit sector where she served as a coordinator for the Pittsburgh-based Three Rivers Film Festival and Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival before relocating to Los Angeles.

Laura is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and holds a B.S. in Television-Radio-Film. She also moonlights as a freelance story analyst and consultant, works with her own alma mater’s LA office on events for west coast-based prospective students, current students, and alumni, and is a judge for the Women in Film finishing fund.


Devon Dansky

Production Coordinator

Devon Dansky currently serves as Project Coordinator at the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she works on event coordination, vendor and partner relations, and social media (@skollcentersie).

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Communication and Fine Arts, Devon began her career as a production assistant at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Before joining the Skoll Center team, she spent two years working in the talent department at The Gersh Agency, where she assisted in covering projects for Netflix, Amazon and independent features.

Outside of work, her interest in social impact coincides with her passion for service, particularly with the issues of homelessness and access to clean water.

Get Involved

The Skoll Center for SIE employs UCLA work study students year-round. We are always looking for undergrads to assist with in-office tasks part-time as well as graduate students who can take on remote research projects.

If you are eligible for work study and interested in working with The Skoll Center please email your resume and cover letter to