Maria supports Organizational Effectiveness as a program analyst through the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In this role, she works on capacity building initiatives across the Foundation’s core program areas. Maria has a background in strategy development, community-based research, and legislative advocacy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Maria worked on a variety of projects related to gender-based violence, community development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is driven to create social impact by building evidence-based initiatives to address chronic challenges for under-served communities. Maria holds a Master of Social Welfare Management from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.