Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Merilay is a filmmaker based in New York City. Her professional background is diverse with experience in education, PR, and film production. She has a strong foundation in storytelling and over nine years of experience working on films that cover a wide range of subjects, from health, food, and technology to social and political conflicts, in the US and abroad. Her credits include TV series for Viceland, MTV, and PBS. Merilay Fernandez holds a BA in Film Production from Hunter College, and an MFA in Film Writing and Directing from Columbia University.