Maria leads media outreach for Girls Not Brides, runs the press office, and proactively develops media strategies and campaigns to support and highlight the work of Girls Not Brides member organisations as well as the secretariat.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Maria was Senior Media Officer at Sightsavers, an international organisation working to eliminate preventable blindness and to support the rights of people with disabilities. Her work addressed the double discrimination that many women with disabilities face, including the increased risk of gender-based violence. She has nearly a decade of experience in PR and strategic communications within the third sector.
Maria has a BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literature from the University of Warwick.