As an award-winning and visionary leader, Maria Socorro Pesqueira is a sought-after speaker addressing local, national and hemispheric audiences on a wide variety of prescient topics ranging from private/nonprofit partnerships, women and family issues, health disparities, immigration reform, violence prevention and intervention, and the future of philanthropy. Ms. Pesqueira has served for 15 years as President & CEO to Mujeres Latinas en Accion and previously led The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Development team —and has held leadership roles in various national and local boards including, the National Council of La Raza, Illinois Partners for Human Services; Community Memorial Foundation and the Aetna Medical Advisory Board.
She has been appointed to various City, State and National Commissions. Maria’s awards include being honored by MALDEF Excellence in Community Service; Making A Difference Award by the Chicago Women and Philanthropy; Chicago Magazine as one of six Chicagoans of the Year; the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) Women Who Dared Award; and the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40”. A graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program; University of St. Thomas, Mini-MBA program in Nonprofit Management; and DePaul University, B.A. Latin American Studies. Maria Socorro Pesqueira is married to David and are proud parents of their son David Ollin.