Lorena Salazar Zermeño is a San Diego native, raised in Baja California, Mexico, and the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Chicano Studies. In 2002, Ms. Salazar Zermeño earned her Master’s in Mild to Moderate Disabilities in Special Education from California State University Northridge, with a focus on emotional and behavioral disorders.
Following her graduate degree, she was a Sally Casanova Scholar, then a UC Regents Scholar at the University of Santa Barbara. In 2003 she moved to the Upper Haight Ashbury of San Francisco for the Multicultural Urban Special Education Grant at the University of San Francisco.
A decade later she returned to her beloved LA. After 20 years in the field of academia, research, and school administration in Special Education, Ms. Salazar Zermeño is enjoying a creative sabbatical. Currently, she is a Partner and Communications Director, with Mares Entertainment. She enjoys the Arts, Reading, a perfect cup of coffee, and doting on her cute little rescue dog. With a passion for building, developing, and sustaining great programs, Ms. Salazar Zermeño is thrilled to join the ChIFF family as the Managing Director of the Chicano International Film Festival!