Maria Miranda is a Senior Program Officer at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. Maria’s grantmaking focuses on national policy, reproductive justice and BIPOC-led organizations. Their interests are in organizational health, institutional networks, coalitions, and policy. Their most recent past role was as the Foundation’s Strategic State Advisor for Ohio and Pennsylvania where they worked on state-level movement building and policy development. This work included building state networks, centering abortion at progressive tables, introducing racial equity measures, and refining partnership practices. Prior to joining the Foundation, Maria worked as a development officer, program manager, volunteer coordinator, public health advocate, and community organizer. They also lecture on women & gender studies and nonprofit management.

Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. They earned their Master in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Villanova University, and completed an Advanced Certificate in Public Policy at Northwestern. They are the recipient of Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland’s (now Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio) Volunteer of the Year Award, New Voices for Reproductive Justice’s Ambassador Award, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares’ Distinguished Activist of the Year Award.