Elisa Lees Muñoz

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International Women's Media Foundation

Elisa Lees Muñoz is executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation. She leads the organization to achieve its mission to support women journalists to develop their careers by providing training, tools and assistance so that they can work as safely as possible. She enhances the IWMF’s brand, and delivers the annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Courage in Photojournalism Award. She is charged with growing the IWMF by expanding its programs into new geographies; introducing new initiatives such as Hostile Environments and First Aid Training (HEFAT); partnering with other organizations; and driving communications and outreach to our core constituents. Muñoz has been a human rights activist since graduating from the University of Maryland with an MA degree in International Relations.