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ARRAY places Mercedes Cooper as vice president of public programming, adds six to executive team – Deadline

As Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY nears its 10th anniversary, the inclusive company that amplifies under-represented voices is expanding its leadership ranks.

Mercedes Cooper, a longtime senior executive at ARRAY, has been promoted to vice president of public programming. Cooper began her tenure at ARRAY in 2011 as an assistant. She then led ARRAY’s marketing efforts as Marketing Director before moving on to programming last year with the launch of the Amanda Cinema collective. In addition to overseeing a year-round lineup, Cooper hosted the collective’s inaugural six-week film and festivities program dedicated to black artists, women filmmakers and people of color titled ARRAY 360.

Additionally, ARRAY has hired Dee Tuck who is joining as CTO of GitHub / Microsoft as well as former One Campaign manager Allison Biggs who will join the team as chief of staff. Other new roles include former NBCUniversal executive Sharon Liggins joining as vice president of advertising and Tammy Garnes as director of education and understanding schools in the town of Marietta. Last but not least, the ARRAY Filmworks team added Montserrat Gomez who joins the company from Quibi as current programming director and Janae Desire who comes from CAA as development manager.

“Ava and I are delighted to welcome these dynamic executives to the ARRAY team as we begin our 10th year of mission-driven narrative change work,” said Tilane Jones, president of ARRAY. “And it’s a real pleasure to raise our longtime colleague Mercedes Cooper whose dedication and vision are unparalleled.”

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