Maria Cabildo is the Director of Housing and Economic Opportunity at the California Community Foundation. She is responsible for the foundation’s discretionary grantmaking activities, Program Related Investment (PRI) program, community engagement, and convening activities related to its housing and economic opportunity program areas. Before joining the philanthropic sector, Maria was a Senior Advisor at Advancement Project California (APCA), leading their strategic initiatives, including RACE COUNTS, its racial disparity policy, and data platform. Before APCA, she was a 2019 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Maria has a long career in public service. She has held positions in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors, including over fifteen years as the CEO of a nonprofit she co-founded. Maria has served as an appointee on state and local boards, including Los Angeles’ City Planning Commission, LAUSD’s Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee, California Housing Partnership, and the California Housing Finance Agency. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University, a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.