Cynthia Lopez

Cynthia Lopez
New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Commissioner López joins the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she has worked since 2000. Since 2006, she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award-winning POV (Point of View) documentary series, where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s development, including programming, community engagement, digital strategies, communications and overall strategic growth. At POV she forged innovative and unique partnerships with Harpo Studios, ABC News’ Nightline, Discovery Channel, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, The Moth, Netflix, The New York Times, Pentagram Inc., StoryCorps and WNYC.

Commissioner López has received many prestigious awards including eight News & Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special News and Documentary Emmy Award, the 2013 Industry Award from Chicken & Egg Pictures and Prism Award, among others. In 2013, the Imagen Foundation cited her as one of the top 20 most influential Latinos in entertainment.

A focus of Commissioner López’s work has been to mentor first-time and diverse filmmakers through the Diverse Voices Project, Youth Views Institute and Project VoiceScape. Commissioner López is the founding chair of the board of directors and a trustee of NALIP. She also serves on the board of directors for Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), and is on the World Bank Connect4Climate 2013 jury.