Clare Muñana  PRESIDENT

Clare Muñana founded Ancora Associates in 1987. She has extensive management consulting experience with a focus on strategic and organizational alignment and transformations, having performed numerous engagements for clients in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Ms. Muñana has led teams tasked with fostering economic development in underserved regions within the State of Illinois; devising international strategy for a US/European foundation and museum; strategic planning for a major natural history museum, creating a technology plan for a major US school district; and establishing an economic development agency for a large U.S. city. Prior to leading Ancora, Ms. Munana worked on projects for the World Bank and United States Agency for International Development with Grant Thornton International, and was a researcher at the Brookings Institute.

Ms. Muñana has held BPA contracts with the US Agency for International Development as a Senior Education Specialist and a Senior Local Capacity Development Specialist. She received a Bachelors degree from Boston College, a MA with Honors in International Economics and Politics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ms. Muñana is a Board member of the Aspen Institute, the Middle East Investment Initiative, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Field Museum, and After School Matters. Additionally, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She has also been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government.

Charissa Armon  SENIOR PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR / eBrigade project manager

Charissa Armon has served as Ancora Associates’ associate researcher and office manager for 6 years. She is responsible for project administration, back office systems, information technology and internal knowledge management. As the Project Manager of the eBrigade online learning initiative and American art history course, she leads Ancora’s philanthropic investment in public education.

As a researcher, Ms. Armon conducts benchmark assessments and initial landscape analysis. She has helped Ancora’s clients assess philanthropic strategies for public education, understand water usage concerns for municipalities in the 21st century and advocate for reformed immigration policies at both state and federal levels. She led a team to develop and produce an online American Art History course for deployment in public high schools in Illinois, and is currently working to expand its reach beyond Illinois borders and internationally.

Ms. Armon holds a BS from Michigan State University, and serves as advisor and artistic associate to several performing arts groups in Chicago.


We regularly team up with other experts to provide the strongest possible advisory team. Recent firms and collaborations include, but are not limited to:


Saathi Impact Consulting

Bina Patel, Principal & Founder


Graettinger Cole Impact Consulting

Elizabeth Cole, Principal & Founder


Prager Company

Adam Prager, President