Luis Gallardo

Interim Executive Director

We are excited for you to meet our new Interim Executive Director Luis Gallardo!   You’ll find Luis’ energy and enthusiasm for No Barriers to be infectious.  He is a heart-centered leader with incredible talent in both the nonprofit and for-profit arena.  Best of all, Luis is not new to No Barriers!  He is a former No Barriers Board Member who most recently served as our Chief Marketing Officer during the past two years of COVID-19. In these roles, Luis helped elevate the organization’s mission, messaging and programming to people in every State in the US and more than 50+ countries.  He also drove our success in virtual learning and events at a time when we had to cancel all in-person programming.  A Pioneer and Visionary at heart, Luis is a strong addition to our Rope Team.

Luis is a former corporate executive who has been the Global Brand and Marketing Director for Deloitte, the CMO for Adtalem Global Education, and the Global Brand Strategy Director for the BAV Group, among many other pivotal roles.  Five years ago, he transitioned from the corporate world to become the Founder & President of the World Happiness Foundation and the World Happiness Fest, the author of The Exponentials of Happiness, and the Director of the Gross Global Happiness program at the United Nations University for Peace. Through this work, Luis discovered his passion for healing people who are facing struggle in their lives.

The journey towards healing ourselves begins when we remember What’s Within Me Is Stronger Than What’s In My Way. I have watched No Barriers programs transform the lives of participants and I am excited to use my leadership expertise to grow our movement! Vamos!
– Luis Gallardo

Luis is working closely with our departing co-founder and Executive Director David Shurna to ensure a seamless transition by January 2022.  As we continue to grow our community, 2022 promises to be a big year for No Barriers with the opening of our new field campus in May; the return of all in-person programming this summer; and expanded virtual initiatives . The No Barriers Board of Directors is thrilled that Luis – joined by Chief Finance Officer, Michelle Cregut; Chief Operating Officer, Andrea Delorey; and talented program and fundraising staff — will be building and leading a team in support of these programs.

Luis loves to converge science with spirituality, art with gastronomy, and everything necessary to raise awareness and perspective of human beings, determined to bring the tools that make us happy to millions of people around the world.



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