Monika Navarro is Firelight Media's Senior Director of Artist Programs. Monika comes to Firelight from the Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversaw documentary, scripted, education, shorts, and interactive programs. Prior to that, she was at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), where she managed content and funding initiatives.
At ITVS, Monika managed development and co-production funding initiatives, overseeing a development portfolio and was a consulting producer on LAS SANDINISTAS (SXSW 2018), COUNCILWOMAN (America ReFramed), THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION (Independent Lens) and A WOMAN’S WORK:THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM (Tribeca 2019).
Monika has more than a decade of experience producing for public media, from directing her debut film Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) which premiered on Independent Lens, to producing for World Channel, American Documentary and the Peabody-award winning PBS series Latino Americans.
She is a member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), has served as an advisory board member for Firelight Media, and as a mentor for CAAM, Points North Institute, Big Sky Native Filmmaker Initiative and the 4th World Media Lab. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.