Claudia Moran-Pichardo, Executive Director Museo de las Americas, was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Denver in 2002. She participated in various archeological projects in northeastern Mexico sponsored by Mexican and American universities. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree in Museum Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder as well as a Bachelor’s in Archaeology from the Escuela Nacional de Antropologia e Historia in Mexico City. Once established in Denver, she decided to get involved with the Latinx community and found a great opportunity at Museo de las Americas in 2006.
Given her formal education in archaeology and expertise in ancient Rock Art, Claudia has developed a passion for artistic expressions. She recognizes the power art holds to shed light on the traditions that shaped the life of ancient civilizations as well as contemporary societies. Her passion for art along with her aspiration to support Latinx communities has kept her at Museo de las Americas, where she has served in many capacities, including Director of Education, Director of Operations and most recently as the organization’s Executive Director. Her 13-year experience at Museo de las Americas has significantly shaped her philosophy on the role of museums and firmly believes in Museo’s mission of providing vital art exhibitions and programming with cultural enrichment for the local and regional communities. Her tenure at Museo has also prepared her to take on opportunities where Latinx arts and culture can inspire and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Claudia’s community involvement began collaborating with non-profit organizations dedicated to women’s rights and human rights for indigenous communities of Mexico. Currently she is involved with the Circle of Latina Leadership, Change Leadership Institute of Colorado Creative Industries, Latinas Give Circle and The Denver Foundation’s Executive Directors of Color Institute. She has also participated in the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture
Leadership Institute and she was a Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 nominee.
2020 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellows.
- David Dadone, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
- Jose Esparza, Executive Director, West Community Economic Development Corp (BuCu West) Denver
- Stephanie “Steph”Frances, Founder & Executive Director, Prodigy Ventures, Inc.
- Hassan Latif, Executive Director, Second Chance Center
- ClaudiaMoran-Pichardo, Executive Director, Museo de las Americas
The Livingston Fellowship Program annually provides grants of $35,000 to five nonprofit organizations to support the professional development of outstanding executives. The goal is to provide each Livingston Fellow with a custom, personalized leadership development plan; this can include opportunities to pursue formal and informal study, undertake research or writing projects, visit best practice sites, work with executive coaches, spend time with mentors, and/or engage in other activities of their choosing that would enhance their ability to provide leadership that is bold, visionary, and that makes a significant impact in their field or community.
As part of the Foundation’s continuing efforts to ensure equity in all aspects of our work, beginning with the Class of 2020 Livingston Fellows, the Foundation is pleased to provide small fellowship support grants to the fellow’s organization. These grants, awarded on a sliding scale based on organizational budget size, are designed to assist smaller organizations which have access to fewer resources. Additionally, after observing that leaders of smaller organizations and leaders of color had fewer professional development resources and could benefit from an additional investment in their leadership, and wanting to ensure that all Fellows have access to the same leadership opportunities as when the Program started, the Foundation also increased the fellowship award from $25,000 to $35,000, the first increase since the Program’s inception.
“For over 15 years now, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has been committed to helping nonprofit organizations thrive and grow – and that starts from within,” says CEO and President, Gary Steuer. “It can be challenging for nonprofit leaders to innovate if they don’t get out of their comfort zones and I have watched the Livingston Fellowship Program really encourage these leaders to learn and grow. In the end, this opportunity not only helps them in their personal lives, but also trickles down to their organizations as a whole. We are also excited that this class of Fellows echoes our commitment to equity with the cohort entirely comprised of people of color or historically marginalized groups.”
Learn more about Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Livingston Fellowship.