Checking in with the Locals: Jenny Mays

Posted on November 4, 2014 by


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Photo by Jack Looney

Photo by Jack Looney

Jenny Mays

This local lady is the behind-the-scenes Wonder Woman for the Virginia Film Festival, not to mention a new mama. Her love for the film festival overflows into a love for this city.

Describe what you do in town.

I’m the Managing Director at the Virginia Film Festival, where I oversee our amazing staff, manage the intern program (we have a 12 incredible U.Va. interns this year!), lead our marketing and publicity efforts, and in general attempt to keep us all on track. It’s a true arts administration job where every day is different and I wear a million different hats, but I feel quite lucky to be able to work with such a great group of people- they make even the most intense days that come with working events so worth it.

Oh… and I had a baby in February, so my life outside of work is filled almost entirely with attempts to get the most adorable boy in the world to giggle.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less.

I’m on top of it

A favorite dish in town.

Oh man! It’s impossible for me to choose just one, so I’m going to knowingly bend the rules a bit. My favorite place to get dinner is Mas, and my husband and I always order their carne asada – perfectly cooked every single time. And my favorite lunch is a half Adam’s Apple wrap with a cup of Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu Soup from Rev Soup. Totally delicious and comforting on a cold fall day.

A favorite local fitness class or fitness event.

I really enjoy yoga, and we are lucky to have so many great studios and teachers here in Charlottesville. While I haven’t been going as often as I used to or want to (I’ve been choosing those baby giggles over exercise these days!), I do love any class taught by Eliza Whiteman and Lydia Killos. Their classes are high-energy and you leave super sweaty, happy, and rejuvenated.

A favorite local music venue.

Nothing beats a show at the Charlottesville Pavilion on cool evening with a beer in hand. I’ve seen some amazing shows there, most recently, one of my favorites – Vampire Weekend!