Sandra Aponte is a program officer for The Chicago Community Trust, leading the Trust’s grant making in arts and culture. Her portfolio includes grants for capacity building, arts education and audience development.
Aponte brings several years of experience with nonprofit organizations in the arts and education field. Prior to joining the Trust, she was the school partnerships and programs manager at The Field Museum, managing collaborative partnerships among institutions, universities and education systems to deliver educator professional development and student programs. From 2006 to 2009, Aponte participated in the Fellowship in Arts and Culture Management funded by The Chicago Community Trust—a highly selective, rigorous program providing leadership experience through residencies at some of the most renowned cultural institutions across the city, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry and John G. Shedd Aquarium.
Aponte’s professional experience also includes serving as the development manager for the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, program manager for the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science and an art gallery business manager. She earned a master’s degree in business with a concentration in international business from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Fashion Institute of Technology. Aponte serves as a board member for the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.