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Cynthia Lopez

vice president, POV

Cynthia Lopez is the vice president for American Documentary's POV. Cynthia Lopez has been with POV since 2000, serving first as Communications Director before being appointed to Vice President for American Documentary. Lopez is responsible for development of programming content, broadcast distribution, communications and marketing, and strategic development of the organization. Under her leadership as Communications Director, national media coverage of POV programs more than tripled and she has forged strategic partnerships with Harpo Studios, Netflix, ABC News' *Nightline*, WNYC New York Public Radio, Pentgram, Inc., Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and *Ms. Magazine*, among many others. The promotional campaign Lopez spearheaded for the POV film, *Farmingville*, won the prestigious EPPSilon Award. Before joining POV, Lopez spent four years at Libraries for the Future as Advocacy Director, developing innovative strategies to serve some of the nations poorest libraries. Her previous experience in public media includes stints as Acting Executive Director of Deep Dish TV Network and Executive Producer of Satellite University Network. Her production credits include serving as Executive Producer on Beyond the Browning of America (PBS) hosted by Maria Hinojosa, and as Senior Producer for The Qunicentenary, a Television Espanola, Canal+ and BBC co-production. Lopez is a founding board member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and is an advisor to REEL New York (Thirteen/WNET New York). She has been an advisor for the Heinz Awards, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Fellowships, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Americans for the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and AIVF. She has been a presenter at a variety of venues including: White House Conference on Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, United Nations Women's Conference, Channels for Change (Scotland) Center for Democratic Communications (South Africa) and the international media alliance, Videazimut, among others.