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Claudia ParedesManaging Director of Civic Leadership

Claudia supports others to leverage their wisdom and expertise to make positive impact through daily practices and intentional choices. For over a decade, Claudia has worked as a leadership development practitioner in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in California and New York City. 

To honor her Andean ancestry and belief in generational power, Claudia gave her daughter the middle name, Ayni. Ayni is a core principle of reciprocity and mutualism. 

Claudia holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University.

What inspires you to work in leadership development?

Leadership development is a means to liberation. I live with the belief that we are all connected and we enact our leadership through our actions and choices. Our actions have immediate and generational impact. I trust in our human capacity to learn, unlearn, and relearn for the purpose of being mutually responsible and sustainable.

What’s your favorite quote about leadership? 

“Liberated relationships are one of the ways we actually create abundant justice, the understanding that there is enough attention, care, resource, and connection for all of us to access belonging, to be in our dignity, and to be safe in community.” — adrienne maree brown

Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

Somewhere fun with people I care about. Sometimes that is at home with my immediate family and sometimes that is a place with good food, wine, music and energy.