SANDRA DE CASTRO BUFFINGTON
Global Media Center for Social Impact at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health
Sandra de Castro Buffington is a pioneering force in storytelling for social change. Sandra seeks to elevate consciousness, health, and well-being through storytelling in entertainment media. Her groundbreaking work resulted in 565 storylines that aired on 91 television shows across 35 networks in the span of three years. For her work, Sandra was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in America by PODER magazine in 2012. As founding director of UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact (GMI), Sandra infuses television, movies and new media with socially provocative storylines to awaken, uplift and move viewers to action. Awarded the World Film Institute’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014 and The Female Eye Honorary Maverick Award in 2015, Sandra works extensively with Hollywood, Bollywood, and other creative capitals of the world to inspire and develop storylines that have profound impact on consciousness and behavior. In partnership with the Writers Guild of America West, Sandra connects writers and producers to experts for their scripts and takes them on her signature Story Tours to connect with local storytellers on the ground. A speaker on storytelling for transformation, Sandra inspires and catalyzes audiences worldwide. Sandra is Brazilian-American, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Angie Jean-Marie is the Social Innovation and Marketing Manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation. An East Coast native, Angie has grown passionate about Los Angeles as a test bed for urban and social innovation. Prior to her role at the Goldhirsh Foundation, Angie was a graduate student researcher for the Los Angeles Promise Zone and worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for Rep. Donna F. Edwards where she managed a diverse domestic and social policy portfolio. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.