Holly Ornstein Carter

Holly Ornstein Carter is the Founder and Executive Director, BYkids and started her career as a journalist at The New York nd has worked for 20 years as a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, fundraiser and non-profit leader.

Holly founded BYkids in 2007 as a global movement that uses storytelling through film to inform, engage and inspire action. BYkids provides kids around the world with the training and the video cameras to make short documentaries about their lives and globally relevant issues. Renowned filmmakers mentor these young people in the art of filmmaking.

In 2016 Public Television joined the Ford Foundation and Discovery Education as BYkids institutional partner. FILMS BYKIDS, the premier season of our five-part documentary series narrated by Ashley Judd, aired nationally on public television.

Before founding BYkids, Holly ran the Global Film Initiative, a foundation bringing feature films from the developing world to major cultural institutions across the country.

In 1999, Holly co-founded North Carolina’s Full Frame Festival, which has grown to become the largest documentary film festival in the world.

Earlier, Holly was a journalist and editor at The New York Times. During her tenure, Holly was part of the team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the 1987 stock market crash and a writer and editor on the Editorial Page, for which she received numerous awards, including a Publisher’s Award.

Holly lives in Manhattan with her husband and has two daughters.