Clare Muñana is president of Ancora, her own strategic management consulting practice, and manages the Blue Fund, a family donor advised enterprise. She has performed numerous domestic and international engagements for not-for-profit, and public and private sector clients in the US., Europe, Africa and Latin America. She has a strong interest and commitment to public/private partnerships and the intersection of education, technology and youth. She is currently consulting in the social service and criminal justice fields with projects focused on economic development and efforts to reduce violence and recidivism in Chicago. Projects over the years have included: a prison/jails education program for the U.S. Department of Justice and Cook County Department of Corrections; a comprehensive civic plan to address the challenges faced by women and girls in Chicago; a STEM/international education plan for a start-up high school in the Midwest, US; strategic guidance for the launch of a major initiative for a national community-development organization; a governance plan for an association of Chicago-based cultural institutions; an international strategy for a US/European foundation and museum; an economic development project for an underserved region in the State of Illinois; a strategic plan for a major natural history museum; a technology plan for a large US school district; and the establishment of an economic development agency for a large US city.
Clare holds a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Boston College, an M.A. in International Economics and Politics, with honors, from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She earned a Certificate in French Civilization and Language from the Sorbonne in Paris.
Clare is a Trustee and serves as the chair of the International Committee of the Aspen Institute, which comprises 13 countries. She is a board member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Middle East Investment Initiative, and After School Matters (serving over 20,000 public high school students in Chicago), the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Civic Federation, and was a mayoral appointment as vice president of the Chicago Board of Education for over 10 years.
Clare is a recipient of the New Leaders for New Schools Leadership Award, the Schaffner Award for Excellence from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Chicago United Business Leaders of Color Award, the ChiME School Ovation Award, the Connecting Cultures Award from Changing Worlds, the Sor Juana Woman of Achievement Award from the National Museum of Mexican Art, as well as the Corporate Leadership Award from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and was the 2020 Honoree for the Aspen Institute Socrates Program. She has also been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government.