Maria Ortiz Borden 

Co-Executive Director

Maria Ortiz Borden is a capacity builder, facilitator, and coach. Maria has over 25 years of experience
working with community based organizations to improve the outcomes for children and families. She
has extensive experience in developing and managing programming, fund development, strategic
planning, supporting the execution and implementation of strategies, and addressing equitable
outcomes. She has a passion for working with organizations, collaboratives and institutions to address
systemic racism, increase their cultural competency, and promote racial healing efforts.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Michigan State University, completed the
Harvard Business School on Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit
Organizations, trained System Change Facilitator, ABLe Change Framework from Michigan State
University, trained anti-racism/anti-bias facilitator and practitioner (via YWCA, CrossRoads/ERACCE,
Truth & Titus Collective), and is a Certified Community Coach through Leadership That Works.

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Kathy Szenda Wilson

Co-Executive Director

Angie Layne

Project Coordinator