On January 31, the International Women’s Media Foundation named Elisa Lees Muñoz as Executive Director. According to the IWMF press release, “Lees Muñoz brings more than 20 years of experience with human rights and media development organizations that promote the rule of law, press freedom and the engagement, training and leadership of women in the news media around the world.” This appointment is significant for both the IWMF and Lees Muñoz. Mamiverse contributor Veronique de Miguel had the chance to speak to her about her new role.
Mamiverse: What can you tell us about your heritage?
Lees Muñoz: My parents are Spanish and most of my siblings and extended family live in Madrid. I came to the U.S. as a child, but have a strong connection to my Spanish heritage. I am fortunate to have connections with the extensive Latino community in Washington, DC. My sister was the Director of Latino Affairs under the (former Mayor Adrian) Fenty Administration and I am involved in the Latino Arts scene in DC.