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BBNCEF Welcomes New Program Officer

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Ricardo Lopez has joined the BBNCEF staff as its program officer for the Cultural Heritage portfolio. Ricardo brings 15 years of knowledge and experience gained in the field of Alaska philanthropy. Before 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 prior experience also includes working in Dillingham as the Marine Mammals Coordinator for the Bristol Bay Native Association and working 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 in 1998 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.

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