The Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) has appointed Nathaniel Applefield as the organization’s Interim Executive Director following the departure of Tom McFadden after seven years of service to the organization. Applefield served prior as Executive Director for the Portland Local of SAG-AFTRA, and has over ten years of experience in Oregon politics. A search for a permanent Executive Director is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
“Tom’s leadership leaves the OMPA with as bright a future as any time in its history,” says newly elected OMPA president David Cress. “We wish him well in this next stage, and welcome Nathaniel Applefield to the organization.”
As executive director, McFadden worked in conjunction with the OMPA board to increase engagement with industry and community members, expand the relevance of the association in public policy and legislative affairs, and raise awareness of the positive economic impacts of commercial, film and television production in Oregon. David Cress adds, “Tom’s contribution has improved the lives of the members of this industry and raised Oregon’s profile as a place for film, television and digital production. His seven years of service to OMPA leaves a real legacy.”
OMPA is the largest nonprofit association for commercial, film, TV and digital development professionals in Oregon, uniting crew, talent agencies, producers, directors and others who cater to the entertainment industry. The organization’s mission is to grow jobs and business opportunities for Oregon media story-tellers. OMPA contributes to Oregon’s culture of creativity, in a green and economically powerful 21st Century industry.