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Ilana Peña

Ilana Pena
Courtesy of Ilana Peña

Creator, Executive Producer, Co-Showrunner, “Diary of a Future President”

Shooting Season 2 of “Diary of a Future President” in the thick of a pandemic, Peña worked with her cast and crew to practice genuine empathy and compassion while telling a nuanced story about a Latino family. With a few other projects in development — some her own and some collaborations — she’s committed to supporting and empowering emerging writers to ensure they have the same opportunities she did. “I strive to create an inclusive environment that values all voices,” she says. “Knowing that every single voice is valuable doesn’t just create a generous work environment, it legitimately makes every facet of a production stronger.”