Ruby Lopez Harper
Mexican, Mother, Wife, Dancer, Photographer, Poet and Social Justice Warrior.
Ruby’s work has included external equity strategies and field education, leadership development, local arts advancement, and tools, trainings, resource development and cohort building for the local arts agency field, arts and culture administrators, and arts marketers.
Ruby’s experience includes supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, and public art. She draws on a varied background that includes corporate affairs, community relations, volunteerism, employee engagement, marketing and communications, and business administration. She currently works on projects with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums; is an Adjunct Professor with George Mason University and has consulted with numerous local, state, regional and national organizations on grantmaking, equitable practice, leadership and cohort programming and capacity building initiatives.
She was selected for the 2021 BIPOC Leadership Circle Cohort with Artequity. She was a 2019 Arizona State University Practices for Change Fellow. She was recognized as a 2019 Inspirational Woman (Arts Advocate) by “And I Thought” Women in Literature. She is serves on the Maryland State Arts Council, is a steering committee member for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Chair of the Robert E. Gard Foundation, serves as Advocacy Chair on the board for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council.
She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts, was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio and served as a mentor with Arts Administrators of Color Network. She is a 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellow, Class of 2017 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni and Class of 2010 Next Generation of Leaders Fellowship program.