Natalia Crujeiras

Speaking in My First 100 Days: Moving Through and Moving Up at 9:45 am for the Ignited Leadership track.

Breaking through barriers and making history, Natalia Crujeiras is the first female CEO and Executive Director of HistoryMiami Museum (HMM). A first generation American by choice and by chance, Crujeiras is evolving HMM into the premier cultural amenity aimed at the celebration and understanding of Miami.  Crujeiras believes that as the steward of the city’s history and collector of Miami stories for more than 82 years, HistoryMiami Museum is the Museum of Miami and embodies the story of a vibrant and complex city claiming its rightful place in the national discourse of the American experience.  Focused on finding a new permanent home that re-envisions the visitor experience, she is overseeing the building of a world-class museum that is future ready and reflects the dynamic and ever-changing nature of this historic city. The Smithsonian-Affiliate will continue to share the community’s complex, nuanced history, while fostering a stronger and more engaged community where all Miamians feel welcome and represented.

Before joining the Museum, Crujeiras served as Executive Director of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade College providing direction and strategic oversight to its acclaimed cultural institutions including Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Live Arts Miami, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, and other historical cultural venues, serving almost 400,000 people every year. With a passion for storytelling and community building, Crujeiras has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and arts management.  Additionally, she has worked in academia, private and public sectors, directed strategy for organizations at all levels, including Congress, the State Department, and the White House.

A fervent advocate of the self-determination of informed communities, Natalia has led projects that educate and engage people in closed societies around the world. As Chief Content Officer at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, she captained efforts to circumvent censorship, support independent journalists and entrepreneurs, and expand access to free internet in Cuba and Venezuela.

Crujeiras is a 2021 USA Eisenhower Fellow and has served on the Executive Board of the New World School of the Arts, was a Governor for The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter, has served as mentor for Big Brother, Big Sister of America, and was a volunteer for Girls Scouts of Tropical Florida. Crujeiras holds a MA in Journalism from the University of Miami and a Magna Cum Laude BA in Visual Arts and Communications from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She lives in Miami with her husband, two children, her mom and biggest cheerleader, and their adopted pup Skyler. 


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