Marángeli Mejía-Rabell
Festival Director

Throughout her years in the city of Brotherly Love, Marángeli has engaged in a wide range of community development efforts and arts/culture initiatives designed to support the empowerment process of Puerto Ricans/Latinos and collective impact. Her professional philosophy is centered on her commitment to the community’s educational, professional and personal growth and utilizing arts & culture as a tool for social change.

She serves as the Director of Community Economic Development at the Village of Arts and Humanities. Her work focuses on exploring the intersection of arts and culture and economic development through efforts and collaborations in areas of commercial corridor revitalization, workforce development, entrepreneurship and the creative economy. Through her work with AfroTaino Productions, she has served as a resource to brands & corporations, co developed and executed comprehensive campaigns/special events and produced arts/culture programming and special events/campaigns in the public and private arena targeting multicultural audiences.

Marángeli’s work as an actor, teacher, facilitator, organizer, consultant, curator, programmer among many others has supported her in developing a unique approach focused on collaboration and a social capital development process.



Laiza Santos
Communications Director

Laiza Santos is a social media storyteller, content creator, and marketing manager. Born and raised in the Philly, her roots are embedded in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. She started her career working in the Latino community through local communications in the city of Philadelphia while becoming involved in small and large scale events. From working for the 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention to covering the annual Fearless Conference, Laiza has worked with various audiences with specific interests, expanding her insight on content creation in a new and creative way, every single time. She has started working with the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival in 2014 and since then hopes to continue telling the story of Latino cinema through Philadelphia's eyes on social media.



Didier García
Creative & Design Director

Hailing originally from Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, New York, Didier García is an art director and graphic designer living, loving and working in Philly and abroad. With 14 years of experience in print, branding and interactive design, he passionately creates simple, beautiful, and effective design solutions for a variety of noted individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations.



2018 Festival Staff

Frances Velazquez
Submissions Coordinator

Glendalee Gomez

Daniel De Jesus
Youth Salon Coordinator

Milady Nazir
Youth Salon Community Relations

Justin Serrano
Submissions & Logistics Support