Mariruth Kennedy

Board Member


Mariruth returns to the Festival Board after almost 10 years away. Born and reared in NJ she made her way to Florida via Cincinnati in 2000.

Mariruth runs two successful businesses , a social media firm, BuzzFish marketing, with her partner, Linda, and a franchise broker company Kennedy Franchise Consultants.

Mariruth has a passion for LGBT films and bringing the community together. The year she moved to Tampa, she volunteered at the Festival and spent a great week taking tickets and making friends. She later joined the board where she served for 8 years, 4 as President.  In addition to her work with TIGLFF, Mariruth has been on the boards or steering committees of Pride & Passion, Crescendo, Equality Florida’s Tampa Gala and volunteered for many others.

This time around she looks forward to serving the festival thought outreach to all local LGBT organizations and increasing the marketing efforts.  She loves working with other volunteers (hint, hint) so reach out to her if you want to connect about programs and events for the festival.

When not at the movies, Mariruth enjoys time with her partner traveling, getting together with friends and meeting up with her daughter in different countries to explore together.

Returning Board Member as of 12/2017