A former marketing executive who has her own consulting company, Boone Isaacs’ reign as president has not been without its fair share of controversy. Under her tutelage, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been under a great deal of scrutiny for the lack of diversity surrounding the 2015 and 2016 Oscar ceremonies.
Boone has been vocal about her intent on diversifying the group of future nominees, as well as members of the Academy. In June, the Academy made its first major stride in workplace diversity by including 683 new members, a significant portion of whom were either female or people of color.
Ironically, it should be noted that Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first African-American woman to take on duties as president and only the third woman to take on the position. She follows in the position of Hollywood acting legend Bette Davis, who took on the position in 1941 and Fay Kanin, a seasoned scribe who held office from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.