Estrella Esquilin is a Co-Lead for Professional Development and Learning for the National Collaborative for Creative Work. In her role, she works to create the conditions for culture workers to be considered assets in building and rethinking strategies for resilient and equitable communities. She stewards knowledge building and professional development projects and programming as it relates to national field building and across Herberger Institute. She also works to develop co-curricular programs designed with and for students and community members.
Estrella is an advisory board member for Career and Professional Development Services and is registered on the ASU Mentor Network.
She has over a decade of experience doing creative and collaborative community engagement with private and public non-profit organizations and recently worked at the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) as the Communications and Community Engagement Manager.
She has a heart for working with artists and students of color to find inspiration for their artistic practice, civic engagement, and professional development. Estrella is also a practicing visual artist with research interests in city planning, place-centering experiences, and investigating how people navigate the built environment.
M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Arizona State University, 2015
B.F.A. in Printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute, 2007