In December 2017, Ricardo Lopez joined the BBNC Education Foundation (BBNCEF) staff as its Program Officer for the Cultural Heritage portfolio. Ricardo brings over 16 years of knowledge and experience gained in the field of Alaska philanthropy.

Prior to joining BBNCEF, Ricardo served as a Program Associate for the Rasmuson Foundation and as a Program Officer for The CIRI Foundation, The Alaska Community Foundation, and Alaska Conservation Foundation. His experience also includes working in Dillingham, Alaska as the Marine Mammals Coordinator for the Bristol Bay Native Association and at the Alaska Federation of Natives in support of the 2002 Annual Convention.

A life-long Alaskan with family ties to the Bristol Bay region, Ricardo grew up in Eagle River and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a BS in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Art.

In 2007, Ricardo earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Foraker Group. His service on nonprofit boards includes: nine years on the board for Thread Alaska (formerly Child Care Connection); six years as board member and Past-Chair for Native Americans in Philanthropy; and six years as a board member and Past-Chair for Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.

For seven years, he was a volunteer host and producer of “First Voices” on KNBA 90.3FM. The program featured two hours of Indigenous and world music performances from artists around the globe.

Outside of work, you’ll usually find Ricardo digging in the garden, hiking in the hills, and exploring Anchorage’s network of cross-country skiing and biking trails with his partner, Glen.

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