Maria Miranda is a Senior Program Officer, US Programs, for the Susan T. Buffett Foundation. Maria's grantmaking focuses on national policy and reproductive justice and people of color-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. Before relocating to Omaha, Maria served as Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation and Board Chair of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, where they helped to establish its Ohio affiliate. In addition to their advocacy work, Maria is a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority, Inc., the nation's first Latina sorority. They are a writer and performance artist with their work being shown and performed regionally and nationally. Maria is a recipient of Community Shares of Greater Cleveland's Distinguished Activist Award and Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland’s Volunteer of the Year award.