Academy Hires Former L.A. Times Writer to Oversee Membership


Lorenza Munoz was hired as managing director, membership and awards.

Lorenza Munoz, a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, is joining the staff of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as its managing director membership and awards.

Beginning Sept. 3, Munoz, who will report to Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, will take over overseeing the activities and initiatives involving the organization’s nearly 7,000 members, including global membership outreach and engagement events.

Munoz, who worked for the Times from 1994 to 2008, most recently served as press and policy deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, overseeing media coverage, policy strategy and community outreach.

"We are thrilled to welcome Lorenza to our leadership team," Hudson said. "She brings a deep passion for movies, extensive knowledge of our film industry and years of effectively working with different constituencies and community groups. Lorenza will play a key role in our efforts to develop a more internationally connected membership and to advance the global mission of this organization."