As Director of Cultivation and Communications, Claudia Ornelas guides CityBridge’s fundraising and communications efforts. Prior to joining CityBridge, Claudia worked for five years at the American Immigration Council managing fundraising and cultivation initiatives, launching events, and overseeing donor communication efforts. She has worked with numerous other nonprofits as well, including the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Wildcoast/Costasalvaje, and the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego managing various fundraising and communications projects.
In addition, Claudia has taught adult immigrants and refugees at the Washington English Center and at the Intergenerational Literacy Program. She was also a second grade teacher in Saraburi, Thailand. She holds an M.A. from the University of San Diego and a B.A. from Boston University. Claudia grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and is a fluent Spanish speaker.