Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hires New Executive to Head ‘Diversity Awareness’ Efforts 

An Oscar statue is on display during the Academy Awards nominations on Jan. 14, 2016. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

An Oscar statue is on display during the Academy Awards nominations on Jan. 14, 2016. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly a year after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an initiative to promote women and minorities among its ranks, the organization has hired an executive to spearhead diversity awareness in the film business.

The Academy on Tuesday announced the appointment of Edgar Aguirre, who later this month will become the group’s director of talent development and inclusion. It’s a newly created role that will involve communicating with the movie industry about “diversity awareness, inclusion and outreach efforts,” the Academy said in a news release.

The Academy posted the job listing in September, noting that the main requirement of the position would be to “drive awareness of inclusion and outreach to all areas of film entertainment in an effort to raise capital to fund key education initiatives.”

Aguirre comes to the 90-year-old organization from Southern California Public Radio, where he led a $6-million, three-year audience expansion plan to help connect the nonprofit with different cultures and initiatives in the area. Currently, he is also a member of the boards of the Latino Public Radio Consortium, the Los Angeles Urban Renewal Network and the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation.

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