President & CEO of The Futuro Media Group, Anchor & Executive Producer of Latino USA
As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. To that end, in 2010, she created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as Co-Host of In The Thick, Futuro Media’s new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Hinojosa is also Anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers, the first national television series to examine our country’s dramatic demographic shifts, and Humanizing America, a digital video series that deconstructs stereotypes about the American electorate. Hinojosa is also a new contributor to the long running award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC
Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a PBS FRONTLINE report: “Lost in Detention” which aired in October 2011, explored abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media.
Hinojosa has reported hundreds of important stories — from the restrictive immigration policies in Fremont, Nebraska, to the effects of the oil boom on Native people in North Dakota, to stories of poverty in Alabama. As a reporter for NPR, Hinojosa was among the first to report on youth violence in urban communities on a national scale. During her eight years as CNN’s urban affairs correspondent, Hinojosa often took viewers into communities rarely shown on television. Now at the Futuro Media Group, Hinojosa continues to bring attention to experiences and points of view that are often overlooked or underreported in mainstream media, all while mentoring the next generation of diverse journalists to delve into authentic and nuanced stories that impact their communities. She is currently the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and lives with her husband, son and daughter in Harlem, New York.
Senior Editor of Latino USA
Nadia Reiman has been a radio producer since 2005, overseeing for the past year the editorial content of Latino USA, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show on NPR. As senior editor at the Futuro Media Group (FMG), the country’s only Latina-led nonprofit journalism organization, she is responsible for shaping the tone and voice of Latino USA and for moving the program toward more narrative journalism every day. Recent and popular episodes that she edited include “The Ends of Healthcare: When Deportation Hits Hospitals,” “Who Burned Down Farmworker Housing in Nipomo, California?” and “Unheard But Unafraid: The Story of the San Antonio 4”. She also produced and edited “Latino Heroes of Rock and Roll,” one of Latino USA’s most well-received shows. Before joining Latino USA, Nadia worked at StoryCorps for nearly ten years and researching and producing stories for NPR’s flagship news programs, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday. Her work there on coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks earned her a Peabody Award. Nadia has also reported on music for online outlets such as Remezcla and she started her radio career reporting on Capitol Hill, covering Latino members of Congress.
Senior Producer, Latino USA
Marlon Bishop is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer and journalist with a focus on Latin America, New York City, music and the arts. He got his start in radio producing long-form documentaries on Latin music history for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. After a stint reporting for the culture desk at New York Public Radio (WNYC), Marlon spent several years writing for MTV Iggy, MTV”s portal for global music and pop culture. Marlon has also lived and traveled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, Billboard, and Fusion, among other outlets. In 2015 he won a Peabody Award for his investigative reporting on gang violence and migration in Honduras. At Latino USA, Marlon focuses on long-form narratives, investigative projects, immigration and culture reporting.
Natalia Fidelholtz holds a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University. Before joining Latino USA, she was formerly at StoryCorps, where she focused on collecting and archiving diverse voices in the US. Prior to joining StoryCorps, she worked for Cinema Tropical doing Latin American film distribution, was Registrar at the Museum of the Moving Image, and she has done research and conducted workshops on ephemeral art preservation. In her spare time she is co-editing a book on Luis Buñuel. Natalia delights in the places where stories, visual media, words, and of course, people meet.
Producer, Latino USA
Antonia Cereijido is an award-winning producer at Latino USA. Her coverage has ranged from cultural analysis of the minions to a deep dive into the immigration reform movement. You can hear Antonia on Another Round, The Dinner Party Download and as a guest host on Slate’s Represent. She has interpreted for This American Life. She’s a graduate of Medill, Northwestern University’s School of Journalism where she majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish.
Producer, Latino USA
Fernanda Echávarri is a producer for NPR’s Latino USA. Before moving to NYC she was a multimedia reporter/producer at Arizona Public Media where she covered immigration, education and public affairs for four years. Fernanda, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, was a Peabody finalist in 2016 and received a national Edward R. Murrow Award. She has also been awarded a Rocky Mountain Emmy and a Dori J. Maynard Award from the American Society of News Editors. Fernanda was born and raised in central Mexico and started her career in journalism in 2008 working for newspapers in Southern Arizona. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School.
Associate Producer, Latino USA
Julia Shu is a freelance producer and reporter in NYC. A graduate of NYU and UC Berkeley, she has interned in WNYC’s newsroom and worked at On the Media and Metro US. She’s also written for The Grist and authored a chapter on George Takei for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. She grew up in San Diego, CA.
Associate Producer, Latino USA
Zakiya is a graduate of Haverford College, where she studied anthropology and psychology. Before she entered the world of radio, Zakiya conducted psychology research that explored the intersections of human cognition and culture, and their effects on human behavior cross-culturally. Before joining the Latino USA team, she was a Production Intern at StoryCorps, and an Editorial Intern at WNYC’s Studio 360. She enjoys covering mental health, sexuality, science, and culture.
Jeanne Montalvo Lucar
Jeanne Montalvo Lucar
Jeanne Montalvo Lucar is a Dominican American audio engineer at Latino USA. Since 2006, she’s worked for notable institutions and events, including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Restoration project and live recordings with Spike Lee and Al Cooper. Her recording of Multiverse by the Bobby Sanabria Latin Jazz Big Band was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 2012 Grammy® Awards. She broke into radio after receiving her Masters in Music Technology from New York University, working as an audio engineer and producer for National Public Radio and Bloomberg Radio. When she’s not nerding out on audio and technology, she loves ballroom dancing and enjoys attending local live music shows.
Engineer, Latino USA
Cornelius was raised in San Francisco and attended high school in Italy before making the obligatory move to see what making art in New York is like. Since graduating from CUNY City College of New York’s audio engineering department, he has been fortunate to engineer on such first-rate recordings as Kanye West’s Yeezus, Duncan Sheik’s Star-Field on Red Lines, and a number of music spots for Showtime. Working with New York and Brooklyn’s superb local bands keeps his music taste honest. When not behind the board, Cornelius is a drummer, actor and Italian language teacher.
Executive Producer, America By The Numbers
Sandra Rattley is a behavior change communications specialist with over 35-years experience as a communications leader. In 1999, she launched the Africa Learning Channel, a Pan-African information service broadcast via WorldSpace Satellite Radio to over 100 million listeners in 51 African countries, providing first-voice, best practices information for poverty reduction, civic engagement and good governance. She also led a 3-year HIV/AIDS information campaign in rural villages in Uganda and Zambia to increase AIDS awareness and reduce stigma. Ms. Rattley has directed numerous federal and local government programs designed to increase the capacity of NGOs that serve those disproportionately impacted by poverty, as well as a DC Government HIV/AIDS Administration program to establish HIV/AIDS Drop-In Centers at churches and other faith-based organizations to offer services and support to people infected and affected by the virus.
Ms. Rattley has served as Vice President of Cultural Programming for National Public Radio, as manager of public information, marketing, community outreach and audience research, as well as National News Editor at NPR. She conceived and managed the first comprehensive research study of NPR’s African American audience. She has extensive electronic media and print experience, working as a reporter, oral historian, documentarian and executive producer of major projects, including WADE IN THE WATER, a series on African American sacred music produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and hosted by Bernice Johnson Reagon; as well as MAKING THE MUSIC, hosted by Wynton Marsalis. Both 26-part series won the highest recognition in journalism, the Peabody Award. She has been awarded similar honors from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Education Association, among others.
She also has extensive experience planning and implementing public information and media campaigns, conducting research and providing strategic planning advice to numerous organizations such as the African National Congress, Africare, Amnesty International, National Urban Coalition, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Women’s Health Project, and World Music Productions. She also served as Director of Comunications for the Congressional Black Caucus, press spokesperson for Nelson Mandela’s first national US tour, and as media representative and speech writer for Winnie Mandela. She has collected oral histories and produced documentaries about her mother’s family, the Quanders, who are the focus of educational presentations at Mt. Vernon, the home of the first US President, George Washington, as well as the Smithsonian Institution, naming them the oldest documented African family in the US, tracing lineage and history to Ghana, West Africa.
Julio Ricardo Varela
Julio Ricardo Varela
Digital Media Director, Senior Digital Editor of LatinoUSA.org, Co-Host of In The Thick
As Digital Media Director for Futuro Media, Julio (Julito) Ricardo Varela works with all of Futuro’s shows and is a key voice is shaping the company’s digital vision. He is also a frequent contributor to Latino USA, LatinoUSA.orgeditor of and co-host (with Maria Hinojosa) of In The Thick.
Before joining Futuro, Julio was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including the Guardian, ESPN, the New York Times, Quartz, Le Monde, WGBH, WNYC, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision and Telemundo. He has made numerous national TV appearances for Latino USA and Futuro.
In 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored Julio with its inaugural DALE (pronounced like Pitbull would say it) Award, given to “given to an individual or company that steps up and goes above and beyond to ensure Latinos are fairly and accurately represented.” A native of Puerto Rico, Julio spent his childhood between San Juan and the Bronx. He was also a contributing reporter at The Boston Globe. Julio graduated cum laude from Harvard College.
In 2011, Julio founded LatinoRebels.com, one of the top U.S. Latino digital media sites in the world.
Digital Media Editor
Janice Llamoca is a Peruvian-American journalist covering topics from culture to entertainment and always looking for stories that affect the Latino community. When she’s not a superhero fighting to break stereotypes, Janice likes to travel to Game of Thrones filming sites.
Noam Hassenfeld is a Multimedia Producer at Futuro Media Group. He produces In The Thick and also produces stories for Latino USA. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Comparative Religion and Music. Noam has spent time researching music and religion in Bali, has composed music for several films, and is a diehard Red Sox fan.
Interim Executive Director
Charlotte Mangin has been a documentary filmmaker since 2000. She spent five years on staff of National Geographic Television & Film, reporting from the jungles of the Amazon to the Himalayan Mountains, followed by five years as story producer for PBS’s international affairs series Wide Angle, overseeing the production of more than a dozen documentaries covering issues such as legal reform in China, race relations in Brazil, and human rights activism in Zimbabwe.
Her hour-long Wide Angle program about women’s rights in Morocco won an International Documentary Award. Charlotte directed, produced and edited an independent documentary about Moroccan street children, Tangier Treehouse, winning an ITVS grant and aired on PBS in 2007. In 2012 and 2013, she produced an Emmy-nominated archival documentary series for Thirteen/WNET. For the past four years, Charlotte was series producer for Futuro Media’s television and video series, America By The Numbers and Humanizing America.
A native French speaker, Charlotte was born in Paris, attended Amherst and earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard.
Major Gifts Officer
Semele is a proven development and nonprofit professional with seven years of experience working with large NGOs, community organizations and governments. She graduated from Queens University Belfast with an MSc in Sustainable Development and spent the subsequent years working for committed environmental NGOs. She’s excited to be back at a small nonprofit working for an award-winning, socially driven organization. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Semele spent nearly eight years living in between Belfast, London and Dublin – with a few stints in Philadelphia – before she repatriated back to the US in 2014. She recently published a Northern Irish to English Dictionary.
Institutional Giving Director
Anna Proffitt is a fundraising specialist and grants manager with five years of experience developing award-winning proposals for projects aimed to better our world. She has worked for a wide range of mission-driven organizations including Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the UN Refugee Agency, USAID-funded projects and local non-profits. As a member of EDF’s Diversity Committee, she helped coordinate a Speaker Series that spurred conversations about diversity and the environmental movement. Born and raised in East Tennessee, she spent most of her childhood obsessed with storytelling and languages that led her to live in England and Berlin. She now lives in Brooklyn after a stint in Washington D.C. She is thrilled to join The Futuro Media Group family to help achieve their fundraising goals and passions.
Finance & HR Associate
Ramya is an experienced finance and accounting professional, driven towards efficient financial practices for over 10 years. She is detailed-oriented, a team player and is pretty much hands-on savvy with all the latest accounting software available. She resides in Queens with her husband and son.
John is a native Californian and recent graduate of Colorado State University. While new to non-profit development, he is no stranger to the workings of the small and committed non-profit organization. Having spent time as an intern for the National Steinbeck Center, John built major nerd cred having helped organize the Salinas Valley Comic Con 2015. Starting as an intern at FMG, John is excited and extremely privileged to be a part of the Futuro family and its amazing staff.
Leo comes to us from Gramophone Media, where he worked as an office manager and administration assistant, providing administrative support to the executive team. He was the “glue” for the team at Gramophone, and did it all with a smile on his face! Prior to Gramophone, Leo was an intern at both Eagle Rock Entertainment and Megaforce Records. He has a certificate in audio production and engineering from the Institute of Audio Research.
Executive Assistant to the President
Originally from Pakistan, Zoe (Sadozai) Malik grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from the Macaulay Honors program at City College. She has previously worked as a Research Coordinator at the NYU School of Medicine, where she oversaw several studies on Smoking Cessation. She has also worked with immigrant communities through the NY Mayor’s Office connecting new immigrants to city services and at Kings County Hospital assisting in adolescent obesity management.
In her spare time she is an avid film buff and enjoys baking and painting. She has also participated in the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the last 3 years.
Valeria Martinez is a Mexican-American originally from the Bronx and raised mainly in Long Island. While in college, she assisted in qualitative research concerning previously homeless emerging adults with histories of substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. She has always loved volunteering for nonprofits and as a New York Cares volunteer, she works with many diverse communities throughout the boroughs in providing warm meals, food pantry, and fresh produce to underserved communities in NYC. She is excited to be starting her non-profit career here at FMG as a development assistant. She graduated from St. John’s University in 2015 with Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.