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The staff are responsible for executing on the vision and directives from the Board of Directors, and are the force behind the day-to-day operations of the IGDA. To reach the staff, email or please use our Contact form.


Renee Gittins
Executive Director

Renee is a multi-disciplinary leader with expertise in software engineering and creative direction. In addition to her role as Executive Director, she maintains her work as the CEO of Stumbling Cat, creator of Potions: A Curious Tale. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, she served on the IGDA Board of Directors and the IGDA Seattle Chapter Board. She has also worked in leadership and technical roles across several studios, including WITHIN, Microsoft, and Spirit AI. Prior to her work in the game industry, she designed and developed cognitive evaluation mini-games and health management systems for X2 Biosystems. 

Renee is a passionate advocate and connector for developers and diversity in the game industry. She is outspoken about initiatives to increase diversity both within the game industry and gaming overall, especially within virtual reality. To further support the growth of developers, she's organized game-jams, panels, job fairs and other developer events, and mentored game development students and built education programs at Foundry10. Her goal is to help the game industry grow and improve for everyone.

Tristin Hightower
Director of Operations
Tristin Hightower is the Director of Operations for the IGDA, hired in March 2013. She was named Geek of the Year at the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards and is "kind of a big deal.” Tristin entered the industry in 2006 as a Web Producer for Comcast’s Casual Games portal. After leaving Comcast, she produced the 2009 GameX Industry Summit. More recently, she was a community manager for Burst Online Entertainment before accepting a position with the IGDA as the Director of Operations. No stranger to the IGDA, Tristin has been heavily involved in the organization as a member of the Women in Games SIG Steering Committee from 2008 to 2013 and the Philadelphia Chapter from 2009 to 2013. She has also participated in the coordination of five game jams since 2010. Tristin has led several initiatives to get more women involved in game development and technology in general. She is the co-founder of the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Geek Dinners and was a co-organizer of Philadelphia’s first women*-only hackathon, LadyHacks. Newly relocated to the Greater Denver area, Tristin looks forward to learning about the local gamedev and tech scenes. 

Supporting Services

Redstone Agency
Redstone manages events and associations, professionally, strategically and globally. Its dedicated team of professionals provide financial services, membership services, board and executive director support, and marketing & communications services to IGDA.
Stride PR
Stride PR serves as the IGDA's media and press contact.
Brandon J. Huffman
Brandon J. Huffman provides general counsel for the IGDA.

Brandon is a lawyer at Odin Law and Media who helps game developers, game publishers, tech and internet startups navigate the legal and regulatory side of their businesses. In addition to providing general counsel to the IGDA, he serves on the boards of the IGDA-NC Triangle, Triangle ArtWorks and the North Carolina Bar Association's Sports and Entertainment Law section. He has presented to the American Bar Association on topics such as regulation of business activity on the internet and the legal implications of let's play videos, and he has written for both the ABA's annual cyberspace law survey and the Media Law Resource Center's privacy law updates. You can find him on twitter @brandonjhuffman.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Hugh Webster with Webster, Chamberlain & Bean provides general counsel for the IGDA.


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