Marcela is licensed to practice law in California and New York. In her entertainment practice, Marcela has advised on legal issues involving motion pictures, television and stage production, music performances, and related intellectual property issues. Marcela also counsels non-profit corporations on legal issues, including governance, fund development, entity formation, strategic planning and contractual issues.
In addition to her legal practice, Marcela has served as a Latino cultural advisor for The Walt Disney Company including Pixar Animation Studios, and has provided creative and strategic cultural consulting capacity on various Disney projects. Recently she was the lead cultural consultant for Pixar's 19th animated feature, Coco. Her arts and entertainment production activities also include award-winning production on numerous festivals, concerts, theatrical productions, social media and documentary projects. You can learn more about her work in this space at www.tcginsights.com.
Recent press on Marcela's important cultural consulting work on Pixar's smash hit movie Coco include articles at the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Hip Latina, and Tucson.com.
A first generation Mexican-American, Marcela also is a frequent commentator on issues impacting the arts and Latino community, and has appeared as a guest speaker on programs such as National Public Radio and CNN. Her thoughtful editorial opinions have been published numerous times in the San Jose Mercury News, CNN, ModernLatina.com and other media outlets. Marcela also testified before the United States Senate on a bill related to the establishment of a national museum for Latinos and appeared on multiple occasions before government agencies advocating on behalf of Latino issues.
Marcela also has a background in bank regulatory law, and served as in-house counsel at Bank of America in San Francisco and Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York. She holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from Harvard College and a JD from Stanford.