As Working Classroom celebrates our 30th year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce the selection of María Gallegos as our new Executive Director. She officially began her new role as Executive Director on May 1st, 2018. The selection was made after an extensive national and local search and selection process.
“Maria quickly became an asset to Working Classroom from the moment she started her work here.” said Meggan Gomez, Theater Conservatory Director & Working Classroom Board Secretary, who led the executive committee in appointing our new director. “I am personally most excited by her intrinsic understanding of what makes our organization so special and her integrity in all matters. Furthermore, I’m humbled by Maria’s deep connection to the communities we serve and the values we hold.”
María comes to Working Classroom with over 14 years of policy and advocacy experience working statewide in New Mexico in low-income, rural, frontier, tribal, border and urban communities to advance social, environmental and economic justice. “Working statewide afforded me the opportunity to experience many multicultural settings with a diverse range of community leaders,” said Maria.
Over the last six years, María has worked to develop and implement organizational strategic planning, communication and fundraising campaigns; built a statewide network of partners through community engagement and advocated for racial and health equity through policy.
Since joining the Working Classroom family in November of 2017, María has provided grant writing and reporting support which Maria said, “has increased my knowledge of public arts and reinforced my belief that the arts & social justice narrative is critical not only to the discourse on social justice movements but necessary to affect change in social policy.”
Maria is a member of Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana dance company, and sits on their board of trustees as President. She has studied traditional Mexican folk dance for over 20 years. Since 2015 she has volunteered her time to work with local community organizations, schools, nonprofit and government agencies to promote cultural awareness and dance education of Mexican fine arts by teaching and performing traditional folklore (folklórico) dances. She has worked with students ages 5-adult at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Most recently, Maria worked at the high school level through the bilingual education program at West Mesa High School.
Please join us in welcoming Maria into this exciting new chapter in Working Classroom’s history. With the arrival of our new executive director and new faces of our staff we just would like to remind our Working Classroom friends and family that our mission and core values will always remain the same. If you believe in our cause, help us celebrate 30 years of fearless art-making by making a donation to support this exciting transition!