Maria is the Senior Director of Impact and Sustainability at Network for Good, where she connects and provides the diverse social sector with the tools, resources and knowledge it needs to strengthen and elevate the reach of philanthropy through strong capacity building, partnerships and cross-sector initiatives. Maria prioritizes long-term strength, sustainability and impact throughout every aspect of strategy, impact and leadership. She is a subject matter expert in nonprofit organizational excellence and intersecting social work/community-based organizational practice, bringing over 20 years of recognized expertise in organizational development, fundraising and leadership.
She has created and led programming within diverse social issues ranging from mental and public health, education, criminal justice, immigration, and social entrepreneurship. She brings a deep passion and commitment to community vitality through emphasizing strong and sustainable programming, innovative philanthropic partnerships and strategic multi-sector collaborations that are relevant and practical. Maria is known for her ability to forge strong relationships and steward partnerships that energize and impact grantees and funders alike.
Prior to this role, Maria worked as the Regional Director at Candid where she connected social sector professionals to the resources needed to thrive; at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs as the inaugural Director of Programming, where she created successful municipal-community programs while also generating new funding streams and multi-agency initiatives. She is also an adjunct instructor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, where she teaches and Fundraising at the graduate level and has also taught at the School of Social Work.