Lia Salgado was born in Massillon, Ohio and was raised in Chicago’s south side before moving to Orange County, California at age 8. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a Part Time Executive Assistant for a Non-Profit Law Firm and as Consulting Project Manager.
Her first loves are theater and activism. When Lia was in the fifth grade she was cast as the “Little Old Lady” in a classroom court room drama. Fully committed to her role as the crazy old Granny, she hit the prosecutor with her cane. At age 15 she dropped out High School and enrolled herself in College in protest over Prop 187. She has been causing trouble on stages and in life ever since. In an attempt to counter negative karma, she volunteers with various organizations in the LA area and is active in her community. She has previously served on the Board of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood
Council as it’s Area 1 representative, as well as chaired its Outreach Committee. Lia is an avid Time Banker and has served as a Coordinator for the Arroyo Seco Network of Time Banks. Her other interests include, reading, dancing, sewing and spending qual-AUNTIE time with her beloved nieces and nephews.
Lia is passionate about creating opportunity and changing the way Chicanos and Latinos are represented in Hollywood. As such, she is thrilled to use her project management skills to serve as the Festival Director for this year’s Chicano International Film Festival.