Juliana Bruno (she/they)

Juliana Bruno stepped into the Interim Executive Director Role in 2024 following the sudden passing of Ace’s long-time executive director, Rachel “Crafty” Sadd. They joined the Ace leadership team in the spring of 2023 as an Officer inspired by their belief that everyone should have access to making things. Juliana is passionate about supporting Ace’s mission-driven growth. As the former Director of the Arts Administration Support Center at U.C. Santa Barbara, and the founder of Social Refugees, a grassroots organization that provides support, resources, and art mentorship to people who are affected by mental illness, suicide, and death, they bring over ten years of arts education leadership, nonprofit administrative, and grant writing experience to the table. As a writer, podcaster, and artist working in installation, and photography their work addresses mental illness, loneliness, death, suicide, and heartbreak associated with illness and death. Their upcoming book, Reasons to Live, offered by Mango Publishing Group’s New Imprint, Books That Save Lives, drops Sept. 2024 as part of Suicide Awareness Month.

Job Title:
Executive Director