Mary's Center's President and CEO Announces Departure
Maria Gomez Will Leave a Thriving Organization in the DC Region after 33 years
By: Mary's Center
Maria founded Mary's Center in 1988 with a group of health advocates and initial funding from the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs to help immigrant women fleeing war and poverty in Central America. Under her leadership, Mary's Center has grown from serving 200 participants in a small basement with an initial budget of $250,000 to serving more than 60,000 participants across seven locations in DC and Maryland with an annual budget of $76 million.
"I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to have served this vibrant, ever-changing, resilient community for the last 33 years," said Maria. "Together with our dedicated staff, board of directors, government, philanthropists, partners, and neighbors, we built an infrastructure of compassion and innovation to provide a model of care that is comprehensive in nature; by offering healthcare, education, social support, and workforce development, we promote socioeconomic mobility within our most financially fragile community. Now it is time for a new leader to take the helm and continue to propel the organization forward."
Over more than three decades of service, Maria has become one of the strongest leaders in the DC metropolitan region. As a testament to her commitment to giving back to the community, President Barack Obama presented her with the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, (https://www.youtube.com/
"For over 30 years, Maria has been a beacon of hope for every member of our community," said Board Chair Todd A. Cox. "We are so grateful for her exemplary leadership, and in our search for a successor we aim to build on Maria's powerful legacy and advance Mary's Center's well-established role in setting individuals on a path towards good health, stability, and economic independence."
The Mary's Center Board of Directors has retained Spencer Stuart (https://www.spencerstuart.com/