Maria is an inclusive place and urban renewal strategist, and the Founding Director of Living Space Project, a place making and green space think tank and consultancy.
Maria is the CEO of the Foundation for Future London. She is a placemaking and grants strategist with over 25 years of cross-sector experience in heritage, human rights, improving urban places and green spaces. She is passionate about genuine community-inclusive cross-sector development, co-designed public/private space consultation and social value regeneration.
She started her career in human rights and social and environmental justice, working in non-governmental organisations. She is the founding Director of Living Space Project, the inclusive placemaking think tank consultancy and co-founder of the Placemaking Collective UK.
Maria also sits on several governance boards of organisations and advisory groups that hold a strong place-led, sustainable development, culture, and heritage focus, including Environment Agency, Mayor of London’s Sustainable Development Commission and the City of London's Culture and Commerce Task Force. She is the Chair of The National Heritage Lottery Fund's Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
She has a degree in Organisation Studies and Business Law, a Masters in Public International Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in Architecture, Sustainability and Design, and received the Place and Environment Clore Social Fellowship. Maria is an Inaugural Fellow at the Centre for Knowledge Equity, Skoll Centre, University of Oxford.
Her book The Place Making Factor explores the role of philanthropy in unlocking siloed approaches to funding.