Barbara Matos is a Diversity and Inclusion leader with 20 plus years of experience. She is committed to ensuring that diversity, inclusion and employee engagement always remain a top priority and are closely linked to the overall business strategy. She is dedicated to fostering a corporate culture that embraces each individual’s unique background to create a positive and inclusive work environment. She is a motivational leader with a proven record of building cohesion between all levels of staff, management and business units.
Matos was a key creator and architect of the Diversity & Inclusion Program at CBS Corporation, established in 2000. She reported directly to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation.
She served as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, CBS Corporation engaging with diverse partners and local and national advocacy groups to enhance outreach. She managed the CBS Diversity Institute Workshops and worked closely on the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase. Barbara Chaired RAD, the CBS Diversity Employee Resource Group, and served as Executive Sponsor of the CBS Women’s Networking Group. She was a critical strategic partner on the development of the CBS Corporation Diversity Council on both the East and West coasts which promoted and monitored the company’s commitment to D&I initiatives. Matos was also an active member of the CBS Corporation Volunteer Committee. She was an integral component in the initiation of the wide range of diversity efforts at CBS.
Matos joined CBS in May 1995 in the CBS International, Business Affairs Department. Before joining CBS, Matos was a paralegal at Mahler & Harris, P.C. and a registered Interpreter with the U.S. Department of Justice (1987-1995).
Matos is a graduate of St. John’s University. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) as well as on the Advisory Committee of their Diverse Women in Media Initiative. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Teatro Circulo. She is a Senior Founding Advisor of TIGHT5, an Advisory Board member of Arts for a Better Tomorrow, an Advisory Board member of MediaMKRS and serves on the Lenox Hill Hospital Women's Health Council. Matos was among Diversity Global Magazine’s 2019 Top 15 Champions of Diversity and among the Imagen Foundation’s Powerful and Influential Latinos in Film and Television in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Karla Pita Loor was named Executive Vice President, Enterprise Inclusion & Social Responsibility at Endemol Shine North America in May 2021.
Pita Loor leads all social responsibility efforts for Endemol Shine North America and its studio labels, including Bunim/Murray Productions, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Authentic Entertainment, Stephen David Entertainment and Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog.
In the newly created role, Pita Loor also oversees all diversity and inclusion program efforts, implementing new processes, policies and initiatives for ESNA’s corporate and production staffers to support and enhance an inclusive and equitable corporate culture and talent development practices.
Pita Loor has more than two decades of experience in organizational development and brand partnerships, strategic philanthropy and social impact. Additionally, Pita Loor, who hails from Ecuador, has served on the board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) for the past two years, assuming the role of Chair of the Board in 2021.
Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Pita Loor led the TV Academy’s philanthropic partnerships division, including the last three years, where she served as Chief Development Officer, overseeing all strategic partnerships and development for the Television Academy Foundation, the charitable and pro-social arm of the TV Academy.
During her tenure at the TV Academy, Pita Loor brokered numerous multi-million-dollar partnerships with corporations such as Dolby Laboratories, Netflix, Walt Disney, WarnerMedia, Saban Capital and Apple TV+. She also led on key diversity and inclusion efforts, including developing and launching the Academy’s Power of TV series, which brings together diverse storytellers to discuss authentic representation of historically excluded communities and spearheading new career pathway initiatives to broaden access to the television industry among historically excluded communities.
Additionally, Pita Loor spearheaded key collaborations with the TV Academy and other non-profits including GLAAD, Easterseals, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. And she served as the Campaign Director for the New Destination Campaign, which transformed the TV Academy’s campus and established an endowment for its charitable work.
Prior to joining the Academy Foundation, Pita Loor focused on institutional advancement, organizational development, and strategic communications within the educational and entertainment space. Pita Loor’s diversity and inclusion work within the entertainment industry began at the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media, where she managed a national workforce development program.
An active industry leader on diversity and inclusion issues, Pita Loor is a founding member and serves on the advisory board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s (EIF) Career Program, which is creating a more diverse talent pipeline into film and television production careers.
Marcos Vergara del Carril is a Director of the Business & Legal Affairs Department of Netflix's International Originals. Mr. Vergara is an attorney that focuses on transactional entertainment matters, advising on various aspects of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television programming.
Prior to joining Netflix, Mr. Vergara worked as an associate in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group at Sheppard Mullin, in their Century City offices, and in Spain as an associate in the Capital Markets & Finance Practice Group of Clifford Chance, where he advised international companies and financial institutions in major debt restructuring transactions, securitization facilities and security packages.
Mr. Vergara has published a book entitled ¡Déjame hablar!, on freedom of expression and media consolidation in the U.S., covering free TV, cable TV, satellite TV, video games and the Internet.
Introducing our esteemed board member and treasurer, Robert Cruz, who seamlessly merges his passion for the arts with an extensive background in finance. As an advisor for the largest wealth management firm in the world at UBS, and with over 15 years of experience in the finance industry, Robert skillfully navigates complex financial matters with precision and ease.
As the child of Peruvian immigrants, Robert has always felt a profound connection to his heritage, which inspires his commitment to giving back to his community. This connection led him to NALIP's mission of empowering Latinx creatives and providing opportunities for success in the entertainment industry.
With his comprehensive background in finance and dedication to promoting equality and inclusiveness, Robert brings a unique perspective to our organization. As a board member, he applies his expertise and passion to guide our financial decisions, ensuring the ongoing success of our mission. We are incredibly grateful to have him on our team and eagerly anticipate the positive impact he will continue to make in the years to come.
Jairo Alvarado is a Literary Manager/Producer, who recently left Circle of Confusion to form a new management company, Redefine Entertainment. Over the years he has grown a client list to include but not limited to; Lulu Wang, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film THE FAREWELL; Angel Soto, Director of the HBO Max Film CHARM CITY KINGS & upcoming DC film BLUE BEETLE; Sneha Koorse, a Co-EP of HBO’s PERRY MASON, who is currently developing a feature with Issa Rae’s Color Creative productions; Josef Wladyka, the director of the upcoming HBO MAX series TOKYO VICE; Jenniffer Gomez the Supervising Producer of Amazons SILK with Lord & Miller producing and Madhuri Shekar, who is currently writing the 3rd installment of the SISTER ACT franchise.
Jairo has also produced, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, the cutting-edge VR project DINNER PARTY. Prior to Circle of Confusion, Jairo cut his teeth in talent management at 3 Arts Entertainment, which he joined in 2011 after starting his career as a creative executive at Warner Bros. Jairo currently sits on the board of directors for National Association of Independent Latino Producers (NALIP) and is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.
Alexander Zahn is a Manager on the Netflix Original Independent Films team. Prior to joining Netflix, Zahn served as VP of Acquisitions & Productions at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA). At SPWA, Zahn was involved in the acquisition and production of countless films including HER, ARRIVAL, DON'T BREATH, DOPE, MARSHALL and SEARCHING. Among Zahn's priorities has been championing projects from diverse filmmakers, and especially Latinx stories. He has worked on US LatinX narratives including the MACRO -produced BLAST BEAT, a coming-of-age drama written and directed by Esteban Arango, which debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival — and also I CARRY YOU WITH ME, directed by Heidi Ewing, which won the Sundance 2020 NEXT Audience Award and the NEXT Innovator Award.