Dawn Valadez’s films focus on youth and the intersections of race/class/gender. Her first film, GOING ON 13 premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, broadcast nationwide, and screened in film festivals around the world. Valadez is in production on the documentary, TEACHER LIKE ME, which tells the stories of five leaders of color striving to become teachers in a system that once failed them. She has been has been honored with the BAVC Media Makers’ Fellowship, the Women of Color Filmmakers' Residency, CPB’s Producer's Academy, NALIP's Latino Producer's Academy, and Sundance/Skoll. A member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Valadez is a queer, Xicana and first-generation college student, with a master’s degree in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley.