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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 $500 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:

Erika Tovar, Eide Bailly, Chair
Jesus Jimenez, Marquette Associates, Vice-Chair
Francisco Velasco, The Joyce Foundation, Secretary

Cristina Almendarez, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Suzanne Alton de Eraso, GoodRx
Rob Balderrama, MacArthur Foundation
Ignacio F. Cruz, Northwestern University
Laura De Los Santos
Starr De Los Santos, Women Employed
Citlally Delgado, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Xenia Escarcia Ortega, Illinois Tools Work (ITW)
Cynthia Escobedo
Gabriela Fuentes, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Carlos García León, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Alexander Garfias, LGIMA
Ariadna Ginez, Artist
Marcos Herrera, Envision Unlimited
Julia Hinojosa, Arts+Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts
José Limas - Lopez, Chicago Commons Association
Marilynn Lopez, Info Trust
Monica Lopez, DeVry University
Linda Martinez, Sinai Urban Health Institute
Alyssa Meza, Upstream USA
Alejandro Maya, LinkedIn
Gabriela Montoya, Sage Health Strategy
Alberto Morales, Morales Consulting
Americo Ochoa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Diana Olivares, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division
Mayra Cecilia Palafox, Museum of Contemporary Art
Jonathan Pedraza, Solomon Partners
Randy Perez, Peoples Gas Delivery
Kyle Porter Avery, Shedd Aquarium
Jesse Rivera, BMO
Veronica Rodriguez, McMaster-Carr Supply Company
Coraima A. Rosales, Hilco Redevelopment Partners
Joanna Ruiz, Wallin/Gomez Architects, Ltd
Roselle Tenorio
Laura P. Trejo, City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Virginia Valdez, Jamieson Elementary School
Anthony Vasquez, Albany Park Theater Project
Beatriz Vigil, Cook County
Mari Viramontes, Guaranteed Rate