After a successful career in television, producing arts programs and documentaries for the ABC, Maria made a mid-career move into the not-for-profit sector. Inspired by a documentary about a corporate community mentoring program, Maria felt motivated to make a contribution. Her first role saw her working in fundraising, as Business Development Manager for a national charity. It was here that she learnt how crucial philanthropic support is to the survival of not-for-profits. She also recognised how important it is to successfully communicate the organisation’s story in seeking that support.
Maria then managed The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation, a philanthropic foundation supporting young people in country NSW. This included managing grant programs, implementing marketing plans, fundraising, and communicating the foundation’s stories.
Maria is particularly passionate about education and the arts, about growing philanthropy in Australia, and about helping not-for-profits to tell their stories well. She is most proud of her daughter, and of surviving the first twelve years of parenthood with her sense of humour intact.
In side trips on her career path Maria has also managed a mentor scheme for women in the film industry, and lectured in communications and client relations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University.
Weekends are precious family (and reading) time for Maria, and like most of us these days, she is on an eternal quest to find the perfect work life balance.