Lacey Schwartz Delgado is an award winning writer, director, producer, storyteller, and outreach strategist who uses the power of narratives to build community and impact change on personal, familial, institutional, and societal levels. Lacey’s work stems from the belief that storytelling is the one of the most powerful tools we can use to reclaim our sense of self, and bridge societal divides. Her mission is to give voice to difficult truths that are widespread but rarely talked about to change the normative narrative. Lacey is best known for writing, directing and producing her nationally and internationally recognized personal documentary Little White Lie.
Lacey is currently a writer/director/producer at Truth Aid – an independent media creative enterprise with a for-profit and non-profit arm she co-founded over a decade ago with her business partner Mehret Mandefro. Truth Aid produces inspiring and empowering multi-media content by translating research into story, then story into action in order to affect social change. Lacey and Mehret work together to create a culture of truth telling with a global perspective that cuts across interdisciplinary perspectives ranging from public health to anthropology to social justice. The content they make aims to shift culture and push audiences to discover the world from a new point of view. They refer to their approach as visual medicine because they believe stories can heal the world. Integral to their work is the development of public engagement and community outreach campaigns in partnership with diverse stakeholders that further the impact of their media in tackling broader social issues. Lacey’s Truth Aid credits include the Sundance and Berlinale Audience Award winner Difret, the New York Times Critic’s Pick Little White Lie, and the Webby Award nominee for Best Digital Series, The Loving Generation. Under Truth Aid, Mehret and Lacey have collectively run all levels of strategy and creation, from the initial development of ideas to physical production and the editing process through distribution and outreach strategy, including deep dive consulting.