Wanda Benvenutti is a freelance photojournalist, writer, dancer, yogi, and first-generation mainland born Boricua. In 2008, Wanda was named a Seattle City Artist by the Seattle Office of Arts &Cultural Affairs. Her photojournalism has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, The National Press Photographers Association, and The National Hispanic Journalists Association. Wanda’s photographs are also featured in the book “100 New York Photographers” by Cynthia Maris Dantzic. Her work has been seen in a variety of solo and group exhibitions, including Wanda Benvenutti’s American Boricua: Puerto Rican Life in the United States, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Latin American studies from Oberlin College, and her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she completed the school’s first photography master’s thesis. Wanda worked on “American Boricua”, the first visual history of Puerto Rican life in all 50 of the United States, which was seen at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2021, and will be presented at the Smithsonian Latino Center group exhibition ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States in 2022.