BOARD OF TRUSTEES
María Agui Carter is an award-winning filmmaker with two recent national broadcasts on PBS: No Job for a Woman, and REBEL, awarded the 2014 Eric Barnouw Honorable Mention as best historical film in America, and touring museums, theaters, and festivals around the country. Her new monologue, 14 Freight Trains, about the first American soldier to die in Iraq, an undocumented Latino, will premiere in Arena Theater fall of 2014. María grew up an undocumented “dreamer,” graduated from Harvard, is a Trustee of NALIP, and is a member of the Writer’s Guild. She is turning REBEL into an action feature, and writing a new script on a teen hacker called The Secret Life of La Mariposa. @iguanafilm
Ivelisse R. Estrada is senior vice president of corporate relations and community empowerment for Univision Communications Inc. Most recently, she developed and launched Univision Educación, a comprehensive, multi-year national education initiative, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, educators and civic and community leaders nationwide. It is aimed at improving academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on high school graduation and college readiness. A Puerto Rico native, Estrada earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Barnard College in New York City and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and Harvard University. She represents Univision on several non-profit organization boards.
Josie Thomas is executive vice president and chief diversity officer at CBS Corporation. She oversees the company’s commitment to diversity across all of its businesses. She leads multidimensional diversity strategies to enhance the company’s record of diversity both in front of and behind the camera, in connection with its partnerships with diverse organizations and in its impact in the media industry. In 2003, she launched the CBS Diversity Institute, which consists of actor, writer and director focused initiatives. A graduate of Harvard College with a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Thomas began her long career at CBS as broadcast counsel in the law department.
Moctesuma Esparza, an award-winning filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur and activist, and is revered for his contributions to the movie industry and commitment to Latinos. Esparza established Maya Cinemas, a chain of modern movie theatre complexes with the focus on proving mainstream entertainment in Latino centric underdeveloped urban communities. Some of his production credits include: Selena, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, The Milagro Beanfield War, Gettysburg, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, and Walkout. Esparza founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, is co-founder of NALIP, co-founder and former chair of the NAA, and is a founding board member of the Sundance Institute. He is also a trustee of the American Film Institute. @mayaent
David Valdes is a veteran film and television producer. His current film, Transcendence, stars Johnny Depp and is being directed by Wally Pfister. He has collaborated on seventeen films with Clint Eastwood (Pale Rider, The Dead Pool, White Hunter Black Heart, In The Line of Fire and Unforgiven), four movies with Francis Ford Coppola, as well as with noted filmmakers Kevin Costner, the Hughes brothers, Frank Darabont and Richard LaGravenese. David’s many films have received several Academy Award nominations, including a personal one for Best Picture for The Green Mile. Other credits include the westerns Open Range and The Assassination of Jesse Jamesby the Coward Robert Ford.
Gerry Lopez is chief executive officer and president of AMC Entertainment Inc. Previously, he was executive vice president of Starbucks Coffee Company and president of its Global Consumer Products, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and Foodservice divisions. Lopez is currently on the boards of Brinker International, Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, Open Road Films (a joint venture with Regal Entertainment), and Recreational Equipment Inc. He has been recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the “Top 100 Hispanic Business Leaders”. A native of Oriente, Cuba and a current resident of Kansas City, MO, Lopez earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from George Washington University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Cynthia López is the commissioner of New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. Previously, she was executive vice president and co-executive producer of American Documentary, and the award-winning documentary series POV since 2006. She was responsible for all aspects of POV development including programming, community engagement, digital strategies and overall strategic growth of the organization. Under her command, the show has won 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards and three Academy Awards, and last year, was one of 13 non-profits worldwide to receive a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Cynthia is the recipient of eight news and documentary Emmy Awards. @docuqueen
Vicky Westover is director of the Hanson Film Institute at the University of Arizona and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Theatre, Film and Television. She developed and directed diverse nationally and internationally affiliated media programs, including Tucson Cine Mexico, and produced programs with noted filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Charles Burnett, Christine Vachon, and Chris Eyre. As executive director of the Baltimore Film Forum, Vicky produced film festivals, repertory seasons of cinema, and special events. She was the founding producer of “Independent Eye” on Maryland Public Television, and produced the documentary Apache 8, which aired on public television stations nationally and is distributed by Women Make Movies.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rosa Alonso is creator of the technology lifestyle blog Mi Vida Tec – with Rosa Alonso, the vice president of IMM, a leading full service digital agency, and co-chair of the NALIP Board. She is a recognized industry expert and frequent speaker on marketing, mobile/digital technologies, multicultural and international marketing, and multimedia content, development and distribution. The winner of the 2013 The Innovator Award at South by South West Film & Interactive Festival, Rosa is also a TV personality/media tech expert. Known as “Rosa La Tecnológica” in Spanish-language Latino media, she makes regular appearances on Telemundo programs, including the Emmy-award winning “Noticiero Telemundo: Primera Edición”, “Acceso Total NY“ and “Al Rojo Vivo.” @mividatec
Marcos Gonzalez is a private equity investor and strategy management professional. Marcos began his career at The Boston Consulting Group providing strategy consulting services to companies in a variety of industries in Latin America and the U.S. Marcos then entered the private equity industry where he managed private capital funds to invest in private companies in a number of industries including entertainment and media. Marcos now helps creative entrepreneurs develop their business plans, marketing and distribution
Dennis F. Hernandez is an attorney in the Los Angeles law firm of Luna & Glushon and is an expert in media and First Amendment issues. His practice includes representing various clients in entertainment and new media. He previously served as vice president of legal affairs for Fox Television Stations. He is active in the community and serves as a commissioner for the City of Los Angeles. Dennis has a long history of commitment to promoting Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Jose M. Mayorquin is a three-time Emmy Award-winning writer/producer with over 14 years of production experience. He joined KABC-TV, the ABC-owned television station in Los Angeles, in 2002. He currently develops, produces, writes and directs shows, such as “Eye on L.A.” and “Vista L.A.”, the longest-running program devoted solely to Southern California’s dynamic Latino community. Jose has also produced documentaries, commercials, PSAs, short films and reality programming. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Jose has also earned four Imagen Awards for his work on “Vista L.A.”
Jim Mendiola is a filmmaker and writer based in Texas. Mendiola's films have screened in numerous festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, public television and cable. He is working on a new documentary about the making of the movie Viva Max, and is artist-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Mexican American Studies where he is writing a book on the history of U.S. Chicano/Latino independent film. He is the chief programmer for the San Antonio CineFestival, the nation's longest running Latino film festival, and is the co-director of the Latino Screenwriting Project, a screenwriting lab organized with the Sundance Institute. @jim_mendiola
Margie Moreno is the vice president of programming for mun2, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network. In her role, she oversees all programming including current and development. Moreno has over fifteen years of television experience, having served as both a producer and a network executive. Prior to mun2, Moreno was head of development for Imagina U.S./ Promofilm U.S., an international television production company where she specialized in adapting international television formats for U.S. broadcast and cable markets. Moreno also served as a scripted and reality executive as a director of original programming for TBS Superstation.
Elaine Romero is a playwright. Her plays Graveyard of Empiresand A Work of Art will premiere in Chicago. Secret Things premiered recently, and Mother of Exiles was developed at Cornell University. Elaine attended the Sundance Playwright’s Retreat. She came up through NALIP’s membership ranks, attending the Latino Producers’ Academy and the Latino Writers’ Lab. She participated in the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writers Program, CBS Writer’s Mentorship Program and NBC’s Writers on the Verge. She holds an MFA from UC Davis and attended LA Film School. Elaine’s workhas screened at the Arizona International Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival, and the 48-Hour Film Festival. @elaineromero
German Michael Torres is a producer and development executive at GMT Films. He has worked with Warner Bros., NBC, Universal, and Columbia Pictures, among others. Previously, German spent eight years developing and representing writers and directors responsible for such content as Bourne Identity, “Big Love” (HBO), and “Ugly Betty”. His show, From Beyond, was the first Latino paranormal docu-series, which aired on mun2 and SyFy Channel. Currently, he is producing a TV series with Julia Roberts, ABC Studios and Lifetime TV, and is working on two new series for Discovery Channel. He began producing reality series several years ago and has produced/sold over ten series to various networks and production companies.
Joseph Torres is senior external affairs director at Free Press. He advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the media reform movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of The New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. Joseph also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Media Justice. Before joining Free Press, Joseph worked as deputy director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years.
Kirk Whisler is president of Western Publication Research, a corporation that includes WPR Books, which publishes books like Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory, and from authors like Josefina Lopez, Rick Najera and Ambassador Julian Nava; Latino Print Network, an ad sales program representing 625+ Hispanic publications with a 19 million circulation; and Latino Hollywood, a news service for getting entertainment news to Hispanic media. Kirk is a board member of Latino Literacy Now, and the National Latino Media Council. He was the founding president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications and a founding board member of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Xavier Becerra H. is a U.S. Congressman dedicated to promoting issues affecting industries critical to the economic vitality of Southern California, such as health care, high technology, entertainment, and stimulating free, yet fair, trade. As vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, he wields a strong voice in House leadership, helping to drive the legislative decision making process. He is ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, which is responsible for formulating our nation’s tax, Social Security, Medicare, trade and income security laws. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, of which he once served as chairman. @repbecerra
Gilbert Cedillo is a Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 1. Previously, he was a California State Assemblyman and California State Senator. He is best known for championing the issues of the working poor and immigrant communities. Cedillo authored close to a hundred bills that were signed and chaptered into California law by four different Governors - most were groundbreaking legislation like the California Dream Act (AB 130 and 131), emergency homeless shelters (SB 2), and legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses (AB 60). A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, his passions have also extended to issues of transportation, access to health care, and veterans’ issues, among many others.
Evangeline Griego is a veteran independent filmmaker, director, and media activist. Griego is currently producing a series of short films for the Skirball Cultural Center’s upcoming exhibit Light & Noir. She recently produced the independent feature, Sweet Old World. Evangeline's other producing credits include award-winning documentaries Chevolution, Sir! No Sir!,Calavera Highway, My Journey Home, and the PBS series, The New Americans. As director, Griego's documentary God Willing aired nationally on PBS. Previously, she directed the award winning documentaries, Paño Arte: Images From Inside, and Border Visions/Visiones Fronterizos. Griego is a founder of the Silver Lake Film Festival in Los Angeles. @godwillingmovie strategies in order to maximize their opportunity to raise capital and successfully provide a return to their investors.
Flavio Morales is executive vice president at BIG VIDA Entertainment, a full service production company focused on content for the U.S. Latino market in English and Spanish. Previously, Morales spent eight years at mun2, an NBCU/Telemundo cable network where he served as senior vice president of programming and production. Under his leadership, mun2′s creative content received extensive industry recognition, including a Peabody Award. Morales was also director of programming for LATV from its initial inception, as well as advertising giant Wieden & Kennedy’s Latino liaison for clients such as Miller Genuine Draft and Round Table Pizza. At the age of 17, Morales created East L.A.’s public access show, “Illegal Interns”. @flaviocafe
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is a filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Among her books are: Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (CHOICE Award, 2004), and None of the Above (2007). Her films include Brincando el charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican (Whitney Biennial, 1995), Small City, Big Change (2013)andthe upcoming War in Guam. In 2008, the United Nations' Rapid Response Media Mechanism recognized her as a global expert in mass media and Latin/o American studies. In 2012, she received Columbia University’s prestigious Lenfest Award. She is the director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, founder of the Media and Idea Lab, and curator of the Latino Arts and Activism archive at Columbia University.
Rick Ramirezis senior vice president of targeted marketing at Warner Bros. Pictures. He oversees specialized marketing efforts (Hispanic, African American and Asian American audiences) for all films released in the areas of creative advertising, publicity, promotions and interactive. Ramirez worked on the final two Harry Potter movies that brought the blockbuster franchise to an epic conclusion. He also worked on Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and Magic Mike, Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Alfonso Cuarón’s award-winning Gravity.