CRLN welcomes Claudia Lucero as Executive Director

  (Español Aquí) CRLN’s board and staff are delighted to announce the appointment of Claudia Lucero as Executive Director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America! Her first day on the job will be September 19. We eagerly anticipate introducing her to you personally at CRLN events this fall, starting with the Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon this Saturday, September 17, and we think that you will come to appreciate the many qualities and skills she brings to our organization.


Claudia is a visionary leader of immigrant-led organizations locally and nationally, drawing on her experience as a Mexican immigrant and adding a transnational perspective focused on social justice and human rights. Her strong record of skillfully building alliances and drawing diverse people and organizations together for collective action will enhance CRLN’s ability to expand its network and have a greater impact.


Claudia also comes recommended for her collaborative style, team- building approach, ability to listen and learn from others, and as someone who wins others’ trust.  Her work history includes experiences as organizational co-founder, staff person and board president, which gives her many points of view on organizational roles. These qualities and skills will be crucial for her tasks of coordinating staff and board efforts, maintaining and increasing CRLN’s committed membership, and providing oversight for the strategic planning process on which CRLN has already embarked.


As the first step in that process, CRLN board and staff came together at a retreat in February of this year to revisit CRLN’s mission statement with the goal of making it more relevant to the evolving work of the organization. Here is the final version, approved by the board:


CRLN builds partnerships among social movements and organized communities within and between the U.S. and Latin America. We work together through popular education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy, and direct action to dismantle U.S. militarism, neoliberal economic and immigration policy, and other forms of state and institutional violence. We are united by our liberating faiths and inspired by the power of people to organize and to find allies to work for sustainable economies, just relationships and human dignity.


Chair of CRLN’s Board, Margot Worfolk, has this message for CRLN members:

The Board and Search Committee are confident in their choice of Claudia and are grateful for her acceptance of the Executive Director position. Let this be a time to renew our commitment to the mission of CRLN and move forward together, guided jointly by Claudia’s leadership and the wisdom of those so deeply committed to work for “sustainable economies, just relationships and human dignity.”