Who we are


Luisa Ortiz Pérez, Human Innovation Lab & Founder @LuOrtiz

Lu is a mental health advocate, gender-equality champion, civic media entrepreneur, human design thinker and a nonviolent political action specialist. Executive director and co-founder of Vita-Activa.org, a helpline to aid women journalists and freedom of expression defenders facing online violence and harassment based on gender. Progressive Womens’ Voices Fellow, Women Media Center 2020; Take the Lead Women Journalists 2020 Cohort Graduate; Chicas Poderosas US Ambassador 2020-2021, Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media 2018 Cohort Graduate and Member of the Online Harassment Initiative of the International Womens’ Media Foundation. Executive manager for Yahoo! Hispanic Americas, Televisa Interactive Media and Change.Org. She has been a producer for NPR, WNYC and the BBC. She holds a PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex and qualifications in Psychological First Aid from Johns Hopkins University.  luortiz@nvalabs.org


Miguel Méndez, Think, Draw and Act Lab @polkalliyuri

Mike studied Visual arts at the National School for Visual Arts at the National University. He primarily researches and produces multi-disciplnary art at the Multiple Media Seminar. He is a co-founder of the Colectivo Muñeca Fea where he teaches art to street urban indigenous chilldren . miguelmendez@nvalabs.org











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