SJ is an award-winning writer/director/producer. Her path to directing began when she was the first female intern at DreamWorks’ Feature Development division. She graduated with Directing Honors from UCLA and Columbia University. At UCLA, she received the James Bridges Award for Excellence in Acting. She went on to acquire a PhD in Media and Communications from EGS of Switzerland. She’s worked in production in roles including Director of Development and Post Supervisor. Her work is supported by AWD’s Industry Support program, IFP’s Narrative Film Week, FIND’s Project:Involve, Women In Film, and more. Her short films, most all of the Western dramatic genre, have screened worldwide and garnered numerous awards including Best Film. SJ takes pride in expanding Latinx representation in media; she’s a resident of the USA and Costa Rica.