Full Name
Katherine Malone-France
Business Title
President & CEO
The Better Angels Society
Speaker Bio
Katherine Malone-France is the President and CEO of The Better Angels Society, the preeminent organization supporting American history documentary filmmakers, including Ken Burns and an array of established and emerging filmmakers, advancing their work in ways that promote civic engagement and educate generations of students and lifelong learners. Previously, she was the Chief Preservation Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she successfully expanded the scope of preservation efforts and fostered stronger connections between historical knowledge and civic engagement. Under her leadership, the National Trust launched regranting initiatives worth over $18 million annually, developed programs like Backing Historic Small Restaurants and the Telling the Full History Fund, and established partnerships with artists and scholars to activate historic sites in innovative ways. She is also a Trustee of the International National Trusts Organization, a trustee of the Architects Foundation, and sits as an ex-officio Trustee of the White House Historical Association and the Filoli Center. She serves on the America250 Task Force on Parks, Preservation, and Public Spaces, and is a member of the First Ladies Association for Research and Education.

The Better Angels Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about their history through documentary film. Their mission is to be the preeminent organization supporting American history documentary filmmakers, advancing the use of their body of work to promote civic engagement and educate generations of students and lifelong learners. They work to ensure historically significant films are completed, broadcast, promoted, and shared in ways that reach and inform as many people as possible through robust educational and civic outreach. The Society is currently raising funds for the films of Ken Burns and his team, as well their Better Angel Stories initiative, which provides funding for films on public media through partnerships with American Experience (GBH), American Masters (WNET), and WETA. Since it was founded, The Better Angels Society has raised $116.7 million to support the completion and distribution of American history documentaries. Over the last four years, the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film has awarded $1.6 million to filmmakers, making it one of the largest award programs in documentary film. Through the Better Angels Lavine Fellowship and The Next Generation Angels Awards, they’ve provided young filmmakers and students with mentorship, education, and opportunities to advance their work.

Katherine is a graduate of Wofford College with a B.A. in History and holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia.
Katherine Malone-France