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NMMA values the significant contributions of volunteers. We periodically recruit volunteers for special events & projects. The Museum's Auxiliary Board is a great way to volunteer.

Auxiliary Board

The Museum’s Auxiliary Board offers a variety of opportunities for emerging professionals and philanthropists who love Mexican art and culture to volunteer in support of the Museum. The Auxiliary Board is made up of a group of dynamic professionals who are passionate about NMMA’s mission.

About the Auxiliary Board

The purpose of the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Auxiliary Board is to support the National Museum of Mexican Art and its Board of Trustees through fundraising and community engagement. The Auxiliary Board fosters the growth of professionals into philanthropic leaders. 

The group was launched in 2015 and members were instrumental in the promotion of the Museum’s first Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball fundraising event. In addition to this signature event, the Auxiliary Board plans social and fundraising projects and members volunteer on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. Most recently, the Auxiliary Board has successfully raised funds to purchase artwork for the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Additionally, the Auxiliary Board has added a second fundraising event: Copitas de Sol, a summer mixer that celebrates agave spirits. 

The Auxiliary Board Through the Years

Auxiliary Board Membership

Those invited to join this group are roughly between the ages of 25 and 40 and are primarily emerging professionals. Terms of service are one year in duration and renewable annually if membership requirements are met. It is expected that an active Auxiliary Board member of the National Museum of Mexican Art participate in the following manner:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Give or get a minimum of $250 annually (ticket sales, donations, etc.)
  • Participate in at least one working committee
  • Attendance at all quarterly general meetings is strongly encouraged. However, attendance at a minimum of two meetings is required.
  • Recruit friends and co-workers for the various Auxiliary Board events.

Auxiliary Board Enrollment
Applications from potential auxiliary members are reviewed twice a year (October 1st and March 1st). Please complete the application form here. Once the application has been submitted you will receive a confirmation email containing next steps.

Questions? Contact Thelma Uranga:

Current Auxiliary Board Members

Executive Committee:

Laura Trejo, Latinos Progresando, Chair
Rebecca Beltran, Blick Art Materials, Vice-Chair
Xenia Escarcia Ortega, Topco Associates LLC, Secretary

Cristina Almendarez, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Suzanne Alton de Eraso, GoodRx
Rob Balderrama, MacArthur Foundation
Sophia Cabido, MEND Consulting
Hayde Canales, Philanthropist
Colleen Carrillo, Bringg
Laura De Los Santos, St. Augustine College
Citlally Delgado, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Evelyn Fraga, Steppingstone Scholars
Vivian Garcia, Peer Health Exchange
Lizette Garza, Crossroads Fund
Ariadna Ginez, Artist
Jimmy Gonzalez Vicker, Skokie Public Library
Angelica Guerrero, IL State Representative, 22nd Ward
Deanna Hernandez, McDonald's
Jocelyn Hernandez, Horizons for Youth
Marcos Herrera, Envision Unlimited
Jesus Jimenez, Marquette Associates
Marilynn Lopez, Info Trust
Humberto Monarrez, KPMG LLC
Alberto Morales, Cristo Rey Network
Stephanie Morales-Lopez, Schuler Scholar Program
Victor Nieto, Billy Reid
Melissa Peralta, McDonald's
Mayra Palafox, Smart Museum of Art
Ashley Perez, Chicago Public Schools
Randy Perez, Peoples Gas Delivery
Michael Rangel, Sky ART
Jesse Rivera, Alter Domus
Leo Rodriguez, PwC
Veronica Rodriguez, McMaster-Carr Supply Company
Joanna Ruiz, Wallin/Gomez Architects, Ltd
Vicente Sanchez, Alderman's Office, 25th Ward
Starr Santos, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Erika Tovar, Invenergy
Anthony Vasquez, WTTW
Jocelyn Vega, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
J. Gibran Villalobos, Museum of Contemporary Art