With a life story as eclectic as her curated films, Manhattan-raised Katy Wang is still occasionally amazed that she's here. "I never thought Park City or Utah would be my home," says the Executive Director of Park City Film and Chamber partner. "Seventeen years, many jobs, and two kids later, we're still here," she laughs. "We fell in love with the people and access to the arts."

She felt Park City’s passion for the outdoors, too.  "The environment is my first love," says Katy, who holds a Master's in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan. "I spent my first ten professional years working in environmental education and for conservation nonprofits."

But the mountains called. Coming to Park City for ski industry work ("after a stint as a ski bum in Colorado," she recalls), Katy co-owned two small PC-based businesses before taking the helm at Park City Film in 2012. "I majored in American Studies at Georgetown," says the first-generation Chinese American. "Film was important to my understanding of American history, and I've always been fascinated by how family history and each person's unique views create a community’s fabric.”

"Sundance has cultivated a love of indie films, allowing us to curate a range of cultures and perspectives. We are often told we are Park City's window on the world,” Katy notes from her perch running the show at the Santy. “We are a place with big city tastes that loves the quality of life you find in a small town.”

A lover of life-broadening travel, Katy focuses on instilling a love of art and cinema in young people while she and her husband, Canice, "raise two wonderful, film-loving, adventurous girls and our fur baby, Gunther."

"It brings me joy to make art accessible,” Katy smiles. “And as a member-supported nonprofit, we couldn't do it without the community!”