LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named
Lorenza Muñoz as its Managing Director, Membership and Awards.
Beginning September 3, Muñoz will oversee the numerous activities and
initiatives involving the organization’s nearly 7,000 filmmakers and artists,
including global membership outreach and engagement events, and Academy Awards®
submissions, rules and voting. She will report to Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lorenza to our leadership team,” said Hudson.
“She brings a deep passion for movies, extensive knowledge of our film
industry, and years of effectively working with different constituencies and
community groups. Lorenza will play a key role in our efforts to develop
a more internationally connected membership and to advance the global mission
of this organization.”
Muñoz brings to the role two decades of experience in public relations,
community outreach, public policy and journalism, most recently serving as
press and policy deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas,
where she oversaw media coverage, policy strategy and community outreach.
As a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times from 1994-2008, Muñoz wrote more
than 1,200 stories on entertainment, business, politics and crime. During her
tenure, she reported on the then-nascent independent film scene and the wave of
foreign talent that was emerging as a force in Hollywood.
“I am excited and honored to begin my new role at the Academy,” said
Muñoz. “I look forward to working with the members and the Academy team
to promote the art of filmmaking around the world.”