In order to serve Atlanta and the Southern region better, we're shifting the way we work. After May 16, 2019, we will no longer offer library services of our own. Our trainings will be offered at various locations in the community and our databases can be accessed for free at any of our affiliate locations. Check GrantSpace.org for where to find us in Atlanta and beyond.
As the director of Candid – South, Maria is responsible for providing and connecting the South’s diverse social sector with the tools, resources and knowledge it needs to strengthen impact and elevate the reach of philanthropy through strong capacity building within the wide social sector landscape.
Maria brings 20 years of recognized leadership, management and program development, and has worked at every level within diverse social work fields ranging from mental and public health, criminal justice, immigration, entrepreneurship, and school- and community-based work. She brings a deep passion and strong commitment to communities through emphasizing strong and sustainable programming, innovative partnerships and strategic multi-sector collaborations.
Prior to this role, Maria worked at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs as the inaugural Director of Programming and has taught at GSU’s School of Social Work. Maria holds her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Georgia State University and her Masters of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is very involved in her community in the realms of social and civic engagement and her career-long commitment to inclusive access to knowledge, information and tools stems from her experiences as an immigrant.
Community Outreach Manager
Social Sector Librarian
Richard spent most of his career working for Atlanta’s daily paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He helped reporters, editors, and other newsroomers with research for their stories and projects. He’s been helping nonprofiteers in Atlanta in person and elsewhere via Foundation Center’s Ask Us service since 2014. When he’s not working, he’s mostly about the three Bs: bikes, boats, and being in the woods; but he also enjoys eating and sleeping.
We are grateful to the following donors for their annual support that makes our free library/learning center services possible.