The Latino Film Institute (LFI) has announced two new appointments to key positions, naming Erika Sabel Flores as its new Director of Operations and Sergio Monserrate as its Director of Development.
The LFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting Latino representation in the film industry. Founded in 1997 by actor Edward James Olmos, the organization offers educational programs, networking events, and mentorship opportunities to Latino filmmakers.
In her new role as Director of Operations, Flores will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, managing budgets, finances, and staff. She brings extensive experience in nonprofit management and administration, having previously worked with organizations such as the Skirball Cultural Center and the Autry Museum of the American West.
Monserrate, the new Director of Development, will be responsible for fundraising and development initiatives, working to secure funding and partnerships to support the LFI’s programs and events. He has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, having worked with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
Both Flores and Monserrate expressed their excitement about joining the LFI and working to promote Latino representation in the film industry.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Latino Film Institute and to have the opportunity to contribute to its important mission of supporting Latino filmmakers and storytellers,” said Flores.
Monserrate added, “I am honored to be joining the LFI team and to help further the organization’s work in promoting diverse voices in the film industry.”
The LFI’s announcement of these new appointments comes as the film industry continues to grapple with issues of diversity and representation. With Flores and Monserrate at the helm, the LFI is poised to continue its important work of promoting Latino voices in the industry and creating a more inclusive film landscape.