Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR, who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and executive producer of long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and anchor for PBS’ NEED TO KNOW series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In her over 25 years as a journalist, she also worked for CNN, and was a senior correspondent at NOW on PBS. More
Marea Chaveco is a dynamic, proven not-for-profit leader having worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Art21 and prior to joining the Futuro team was a key member of the Finance Department at the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the pre-eminent producers of Modern Dance in the world. In addition, she is an advisor to many NYC-based organizations including DAW Productions. Marea studied at Hunter College and is a native of NYC where she lives with her partner and two children. She began in 2011 as Business & Finance Director at The Futuro Media Group and is now thrilled to be further guiding the dynamic vision of The Futuro! Being a Futurista has allowed her to combine her passion for business and social justice.
Radio has been a part of Jennifer Argueta’s life for as long as she can remember. As a child, she could be found sitting with her Smokey the Bear coloring book in the radio studio while her DJ father was on air. An International Relations graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Argueta has fundraised for over 20 years and has worked for the American Academy in Rome, The White House, The US Embassy to the Vatican, as well as for numerous elected officials. While at the Academy, she helped raise 70 million dollars for a comprehensive campaign and was in charge of their spring gala her final two years; the New York galas raised more than 1 million dollars annually. During her tenure at The White House she worked for both John Podesta when he was Staff Secretary and Deputy White House Counsel Bruce R. Lindsey. She served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Corinne C. Boggs in Rome. A frequent visitor to her husband’s native Guatemala, Jennifer is so excited that her role at Futuro Media combines her professional experience with her passion for social justice issues.
Marlon Bishop is a 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 travelled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, the Village Voice, Billboard and Fusion, among other outlets.
Antonia Cereijido is a recent graduate of Medill, Northwestern University's School of Journalism where she majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in Spanish Harlem but grew up in Southern California. Antonia writes about entertainment for The Huffington Post. She has interned at Endgame Entertainment and MiTu Network and was the second camera assistant on Josefina Lopez's film Detained in the Desert. While abroad in Barcelona, Antonia wrote and directed a short surrealist film about a man who was engaged to the sea. She is a certified yoga instructor and drinks mate tea every day.
Leda Hartman is a creative and seasoned writer, reporter and editor who specializes in narrative journalism. As a reporter, Leda is committed to bringing the stories of ordinary people to life in ways that go beyond quick headlines and sound bites. Leda works online, in print and on the radio, and has been a longtime contributor to many nationally broadcast public radio programs, reporting on everything from breaking news and human-interest features to presidential campaigns. Leda's work has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Latino USA, Living on Earth, Studio 360, The World and Voice of America, among other programs. Leda has also worked as the assignment editor for two nationally broadcast global affairs programs, Latitudes and the World Vision Report. Over the years, she has received more than a dozen national and regional awards.
Charlotte Mangin has been a documentary filmmaker since 2000. She spent 5 years on staff of National Geographic Television & Film, reporting from the jungles of the Amazon to the Himalayan Mountains, followed by 5 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. A native French speaker, Charlotte was born in Paris, attended Amherst, and earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard.
Cornelius is a product of the stage and song. His teenage years were spent performing in San Francisco's local theater and songwriting in his first bands. He then moved East to pursue a degree at New York University. After transferring to CUNY City College of New York, the audio engineering department became his opportunity to record his original material. This skill set blossomed into the position he now holds at Futuro Media Group as mixing engineer. Cornelius is also an Italian teacher in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The wonderfully magnetic staff at Futuro keeps him on his linguistic toes, and he pays them in kind.
Sandra Rattley has over 35-years experience as a communications leader. She has served as Vice President of Cultural Programming for National Public Radio, as well as National News Editor for NPR News. She conceived and managed the first comprehensive study of NPR’s African American audience. She has extensive electronic media and print experience, including WADE IN THE WATER, NPR’s series on African American sacred music. She launched the Africa Learning Channel, an information service broadcast to over 100 million listeners in 51 African countries. She has collected oral histories and produced 2 documentaries about the oldest documented African family in the US. More
Daisy Rosario is a comedian, writer and producer of things from radio stories to live events. Recently graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, she also works with The Moth and the Upright CitizensBrigade Theatre. Daisy has interned at Radiolab, taken a play she directed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is an obsessive baseball fan. Her story “Child of Trouble,” was featured on the Peabody award-winning Moth Radio Hour. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Michael Simon Johnson spend most of his childhood making music and groaning when his parents put on NPR in the car. So naturally he graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sound Design, moved to New York and made his way into public radio. As an engineer, he has worked for Afropop Worldwide, WNYC's Radio Rookies, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He commits much of his time to working on radio and multimedia projects but can often be found playing the bass, rock climbing, and traveling.
Nancy Trujillo graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in May 2012 with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. At Barnard College, Nancy was very involved with the ethnic studies student movement. With a serious commitment to institutionalizing ethnic studies in the Barnard curriculum she led the Ethnic Studies Reading Group. Her work with students, administrators and professors was crucial to creating a dialogue that helped establish Barnard’s Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies, acknowledging the undergraduate concentration and minor in ethnic studies-Interdisciplinary Concentration and Minor on Race and Ethnicity. Highly interested in the intersections of people from different cultures and social backgrounds, Nancy hopes to apply the skills learned from ASPIRA of New York, Inc, YouthBridge-NY and her Ethnic Studies liberal arts degree to further explore and understand the dynamics that shape social constructions in this country. Her hobbies include painting, traveling, running and cycling.
Annette Nielsen has worked as a communications and fundraising professional — serving in leadership positions for former U.S. Senators Moynihan and Kennedy, the Port Authority of NY & NJ and the NYC mayoral race of Richard Ravitch. She's written extensively about sustainability and food security issues while coordinating many agritourism and farm-to-fork events. She received her BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University and MA in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Annette is thrilled to be back in New York, her favorite city. She's married to Dan Garfinkel and they have one child, Elias Garfinkel, a sophomore at City College.
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.