Jose, a veteran of the Boston film festival community, founded and ran from 2001- 2015 the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) which is now entering its 18th annual run. BLIFF has been supported and sponsored by the City of Cambridge and Harvard University since its first year of operations.
After BLIFF he started the Cambridge Food Lab (CFL), a restaurant incubator project intended to equip minority food entrepreneurs with business skills. Jose is also a trained chef, a chef instructor, and experienced in restaurant operations and management.
Jose comes to Boston from L.A. in 2001 as an ACORN community organizer. Since then he has consulted for non-profits and healthcare providers in Latino/ Hispanic communications. Previously he worked as a Network TV Producer in Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from the URP (Lima-Peru) and pursued graduate studies in communications, marketing and media making at UCLA and regulatory affairs at Northeastern University.
Director of People & Culture
Growing up in Hawaii, a microcosm of the vibrant global foodscape, she was raised with the conviction and evidence that justice and prosperity could be achieved through community and food. The marriage of immigrant plantation workers' diverse food cultures and the local landscape from the late 19th century is evident in contemporary Hawaiian cuisine, economy, and politics still to this day.
Juleen moved to Boston to pursue a degree at Tufts University in the Environmental Studies and Sociology programs, and has since fallen in love with her second home and currently serves as Head of Business Development at Food for All, a foodtech company providing tools for restaurants to sell unsold meals, thus tackling food waste and increasing food access in their communities.
She is honored to dedicate her heart and energy to the inaugural Boston International Food Film Festival this year.