Devon Terrill is a program officer for media at the Stanley Foundation in the Policy Programming Department. She is an award-winning media professional with 18 years of experience working in the television and film industry, from cable and broadcast series to feature films, documentaries, and branded media. In recent years, she has concentrated on issue-focused media projects that emotionally engage the public around critical issues and inform and shape policies that can ultimately create a better world. In 2014, she was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy as a producer on the HBO documentary "American Winter." Her contributions to that film’s nationwide outreach and engagement campaign led to hundreds of screenings and events in partnership with nonprofits and advocacy groups and inspired a US Senate hearing featuring testimony from four of the film’s subjects.
Devon earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Iowa and has traveled around the world, backpacking, studying, teaching, volunteering, and working in Europe, Central America, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, and Zimbabwe.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
I joined the Stanley Foundation in November 2015. As a policy program officer for media, my role stretches across the foundation’s three issue areas (nuclear security, genocide prevention, and climate change) with a focus on identifying opportunities to engage media and implementing high-impact media programming to advance our policy goals and broad mission.
What do you like most about your job?
An ambitious vision and a collaborative spirit drives the work of everyone at the Stanley Foundation, and I love being a part of that. Media engagement can create many different channels to amplify and advance the foundation’s core advocacy goals, and I am happy to be in a role where I can tap into these shared ideals and use my experience as a mediamaker to help move the needle forward each day.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa. I spent my third year of college overseas in Vienna, Austria, where I studied diligently and never ever enjoyed the bars or food or music or art that fills that city. I quickly caught the travel bug and hopped onto a train to explore other parts of Western and Eastern Europe at every opportunity. Several years later, wanderlust crept back in and I took off on a round-the-world backpacking trip that lasted 15 months. An internship through the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood led me to Los Angeles, where I ended up living and working for 18 years before recently moving back to Iowa with my husband and two young kids.
What are your hobbies?
I have two young daughters, so I’m not allowed to have hobbies right now. But while multitasking, I love having a good craft beer in a cozy bar, participating in community activities with the kiddos, and watching Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” (and Game of Thrones and House of Cards, and any documentary film that was lucky enough to get broadcast distribution) with my husband.