Claudia Moran-Pichardo 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 archeology 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.