In 2008, I was the Executive Director of Business Development and Sponsorship for the Latino International Film Institute and Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival where I worked closely with Edward James Olmos (Actor, Director, Community Activist and Institute/Festival Co-Founder) and the Board of Directors to achieve the goals and objectives of the institute and film festival.
From 2002 to 2007, I was the National Director of the Screen Actors Guild’s Diversity and Affirmative Action Department where I was successful in securing over $450,000 in grant money to institute a nationally recognized diversity film screening and panel discussion series, organize a national diversity summit and and, with the help of Robert David Hall of the television series - CSI-Crime Scene Investigation, commission a study on performers with disabilities. Under my direction, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) recorded the highest annual percentage share of roles for minority performers in history. I also managed the Guild’s Diversity, Special Skills and Talent Bank and initiated SAG’s National Task Force on Spanish Language Media, National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Actors Committee and President’s National Task Force for American Indians. For my efforts, I was awarded the Pre-Oscar Luncheon Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s “Innovative Entertainment Award” in 2007.