Claudia Castro currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and works as Director of the Villa-Lobos Museum. Previous roles include: Music teacher at Brasilia Education Secretary (Escola Parque); General Coordinator of Promotion and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Culture of Brazil, where she was responsible for the National Secretariat's international activities; Cultural Sector Coordinator for the Organization of Ibero-American States, Brazil; Managing Director of the Nora Theatre Company and Summer Programs Coordinator/Assistant to the Dean at The Boston Conservatory, USA. Claudia is a flutist and arts and culture manager.

How the Fellowship impacted me

The job I have today as director of a museum results from professional goals established during the the Clore Leadeship Fellowship. During my coaching sessions, I decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to work at a music museum where I apply acquired knowledge from post graduate studies in music and arts management, as well as my previous experience in music performance, teaching, international cooperation and public policy in the museum field.

How I am using my skills for change

Leading a cultural institution during economic and political crisis has been challenging. Additionaly, in Rio de Janeiro, museums were tested about risk management after the fire at the National Museum. The skills I learned at Clore helped me lead the organization through a very turbulent time. I have learned to swim against the tide and to motivate peers, staff through harsh times.