Maria is an award-winning disability inclusion advocate, social entrepreneur, and educator committed to inspiring change and hope in under-served communities. With over 12 years in non-profit management, she has a proven track record in leading multi-donor funded projects in early intervention, inclusive education, and empowerment of girls and women with disabilities.
Maria is an awardee of the prestigious Cordes Fellowship, Ford Motor Company International Fellowship, Akili Dada Fellowship, Business Daily’s Top 40 under 40, and in 2019 she received the US State Department Professional Fellows Program Alumni Impact Award.
Maria is the Founder and Executive Director of The Action Foundation Kenya. She sits on the advisory board of Street Business School, a global leader in entrepreneurship training that equips women living in poverty with the knowledge they need to build sustainable businesses. She is also the Board Secretary of Amplify Girls, a collective of community-driven organizations working on localizing global development and investing in adolescent girls.