Chief of Staff - Office of the CEO
Maria joined AccountAbility in July of 2023 as Chief of Staff to CEO Sunny Misser.
Prior to joining Accountability, Maria was Chief of Staff at Claure Group, a Family Office which she helped incorporate and set up. Maria was involved in, and oversaw, every aspect of Claure Group operations, which spanned from serving as advisor to the Chairman, to overseeing the organization’s staff, to managing a private family foundation, to directing special projects to completion for the Chairman.
Before Claure Group, Maria was part of Brightstar Corp. which, at the time, was the largest private company in the U.S., owned by a Hispanic. As Senior Director for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Maria wrote the CSR strategy for the company and incorporated Brightstar Foundation. She also wrote the mission and vision for the Foundation and served as its first President. She was subsequently appointed Chief of Staff to the CEO of Brightstar Corp.
Prior to her experience in the private sector, Maria worked for three international, not-for-profit organizations, specializing in water, conservation and international development. She has over 16 years of experience in not-for-profit work, in the areas of project design; management and evaluation; finance operations and relationship management. Her sectoral experience includes education, health, child protection, water and agriculture.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a Master of Business Administration also with a concentration in International Business, both from The George Washington University (GWU), in Washington, DC.