Throughout her career, CLAUDIA ROBAINA’s personal mission has been to nurture creative individuals to reach their full potential. Born in Venezuela, and trained as a violist, she has dedicated a decade to classical music management while at Columbia Artists Management and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. At both organizations, she managed and empowered the careers of hundreds of conductors, instrumentalists, and composers. Claudia’s reputation as a thoughtful leader, effective producer, and personable manager has led her to cultivate strong working relationships with Yo-Yo Ma, André Previn, Yefim Bronfman, Colin Currie, and John Williams, among other professional collaborators including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

To broaden her exposure to creative professionals in the fields of science and technology, Claudia joined the MIT Media Lab in 2015 to manage the Director’s Fellows Program, an initiative aimed at connecting thought leaders and creative catalysts from around the globe with the Media Lab’s antidisciplinary vision, encouraging the Fellows to become agents of change and international ambassadors for the Media Lab.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Grand. Life. Powerful

3 things Nature taught you? 

Humility. Beauty. Resilience

3 most treasured Nature spots 

Seating in front of the ocean, on top a mountain, or next to a waterfall.

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…? 

Human, fluid, calm

When you see a forest, it makes you feel…? 

Surrounded, protected by wise giants

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…? 

Energized, amazed, powerless

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel…? 

Inspired, grateful

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel…? 

Impermanent, small

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel…?


Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person? 


On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being? 


Share with us a childhood nature memory? 

Swimming in a school of fish while visiting the Los Roques archipelago off the coast of Venezuela. It was our chosen vacation spot during my entire childhood.