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NEWS x MUSE Manny Gomez talks with the Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Diana Luna ahead of their Celebration of Latino Excellence on December 15 and the associations 25th Anniversary in 2024.

Over the course of her extensive 20 years of career, Diana Luna has prioritized creating opportunities that support the professional advancement of individuals in a variety of creative fields, in particular those from underrepresented communities.

Born and raised in Mexico City, she holds a BA in Communications from Tec de Monterrey and a MS in Business Administration from Saint Michael’s College. She began her career in Mexico City in public relations, relocated to Vermont and worked in college admissions developing diversity initiatives. 

Attracted by the California sun she arrived at Claremont Graduate University to launch the masters degrees in Arts Management and Art Business. At CGU she impulsed and oversaw the Latino Arts Leaders Fellowship with the goal of increasing and positioning Latino executives in the arts nonprofit sector in Los Angeles. 

As the director of LMU Extension at Loyola Marymount University, she managed more than 160 job training certificate programs focusing on providing job placement for underserved populations (veterans, persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless, etc.) through industry partnerships, scholarships and awarded federal grants. 

Continuing fostering her passion for the arts, for the past 7 years, Diana led the nonprofit organization Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today (TFT) with the goal of highlighting and advancing the careers of emerging Latino filmmakers. In partnership with Hola Mexico Film Festival, TFT is today a tight community of more than a hundred talented creators that together promote professional growth, access to unique projects and collaborations. 

NALIP seeks to change media culture by advocating and promoting the professional needs of Latine artists in media. Standing at the forefront of that systemic change, our organization works with industry leaders towards seeing a more inclusive future both on and off screen. While the world has seen some improvement since our founding there is still much work to be done. The Latine Community continues to be grossly underrepresented within the entertainment industry – and we are here to help ensure we continue to move forward in the right direction.

Founded in 1999, a group of producers, content creators, academics, and media advocates tired of their fight to be heard came together in search of building community. Since then, NALIP has strived to work towards discovering, promoting, and inspiring Latine Content creators with our multifaceted programs.

To learn more about the organization please visit NALIP website.