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Ronnie Planalp MBA ’86
Ronnie Planalp is a founder and producer at Clear Eye Productions, a film production company focused on documentary film. She has produced two award winning documentaries, They Came to Play and Shakespeare High. As a producer in theater on Broadway and the West End, Ms. Planalp’s production credits on Broadway include the Tony Award winning Exit the King, and Elling. In the West End she has produced Misanthrope and Legally Blonde, as well as the Olivier Award winning Mountaintop that was successfully transferred to Broadway in late 2011. Her latest show as producer is The Old Man and the Old Moon, an off Broadway production. She is also an active investor on Broadway and recently was a part of the team for The Glass Menagerie in 2013 which won a Tony award this season, as well as If/Then and Here Lies Love.
Prior to beginning her film career in 2006, Ms. Planalp spent 20 years in the banking and media sectors. She was one of the youngest women to be appointed a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in 1990. After moving overseas in 1995 she transitioned to the media industry and worked in Hong Kong and London where she held senior roles in business development and strategy in the publishing, music, digital and film industries.
In 2006-2007 she served as Co-Chair of the Committee to elect Kirsten Gillibrand for NY’s 20th congressional district. Gillibrand was appointed as NY State’s junior senator in early 2009 and Ms. Planalp continues to serve on her finance committee. Additionally, she is involved on a national level with politics as a member of the national finance committee for the Democratic National Committee. Ms. Planalp was appointed by President Obama in March 2014 to serve on the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Planalp is a Vice President of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center where she chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. During her tenure she has also contributed new programming initiatives around environmental, cultural and social issues by bringing Mountainfilm Festival based in Telluride, Colorado to Lincoln Center’s campus in 2010. Ms. Planalp has also been an Advisory Board member of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School since 2006. Ms. Planalp was also instrumental in starting the first Shakespeare festival in New York City in April 2014 which was borne out of her film Shakespeare High.
Ms. Planalp holds a BS in Communications from Boston University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School. She was ranked in the top 10 in the U.S.A. in the Women’s A Division of squash racquets between 1990 and 1995 and in the top three in New York City in 1993 and 1994 during which time she won the Metropolitan Championship in New York City in 1993 and 1994. Ms. Planalp lives in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard with her two boys.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellows
“My experience working with communities in India and Africa, as well as on developing public-private partnerships with government and non-profit agencies, convinced me of the need for innovative approaches to international development”
“I see entrepreneurs as the key leverage point in development, so interning at Ashoka made perfect sense.”
Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy
“This internship matched my interest in harnessing the power and resources in the for profit sector to effect social change.”