Claudia Ortega-Lukas

Claudia Ortega-Lukas

Graphic Designer, University Marketing & Communications She/Her/Ella


Languages: Spanish, English (fluent). Italian (basic).

I was born in México City but grew up in a small town called Texcoco. I am the oldest of four siblings. I love to travel and experience different cultures. Growing up, my family hosted exchange students from the United States, and now, we continue hosting international visitors from all over the world. We enjoy listening to foreign languages and learning about far away cultures.

I graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara with a degree in journalism and mass communications. After an exchange program at the University of Oklahoma, I received a scholarship from the Inter American Press Association that allowed me to attend the University of Missouri. I graduated from Mizzou with a master's degree in journalism.

I have been a graphic designer in the office of Marketing & Communications at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2000, but I have been with the University since 1997. Those 3 years I taught Media Graphics at the Reynolds School of Journalism. Before coming to Nevada, I was the Features and Sports Planning Editor at the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga. Previously, I had been a designer for the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Throughout my life, I have served in many organizations and boards, from Mizzou's Latin American Student Association to the (now defunct) Latinos for Political Education (in Reno) and the Northern Nevada International Center. I also served for a few years as a Spanish-language docent at the Nevada Museum of Art. Currently, I serve on the Nevada Humanities board. At the University I serve in different committees and organizations.