Melissa Beatriz is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, cultural producer, and researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of social justice, media arts/culture, and policy. She is a co-founder of ¡Presente! Media, a Philadelphia-based collective that produces bilingual journalistic articles and documentaries. She is a 2019 Leeway Transformation Awardee and a 2020 Fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute.

Since 2010, Melissa has collaborated with media arts and grassroots organizations throughout Philadelphia, with roles in communications, development, community outreach, film programming, production, and facilitation. Melissa has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on macro-level policy. She is currently a joint Ph.D. candidate in Communication/Social Welfare at the Annenberg School for Communication.