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Maria Estenson

Maria Estenson

Global Search Engagement Associate


District of Columbia, DC

Artist, Educator, Advocate, and Network Catalyst. Addressing opportunity gaps in education through creativity and community.



Global Search Engagement Associate

I work for the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs with colleagues and partners who believe in the power of youth and innovative ideas to break down silos and build a better future for all. As part of the Global Search team, I design creative communications to share find and engage talented leaders who will join us in shaping a world where everyone is a changemaker.

University of Denver

BA, Psychology, Spanish, Art & Leadership Studies

Profoundly curious about what makes us who we are, how we learn, how we cope and how we communicate, I was drawn to Psychology. A desire to connect with latinx communities through a deeper understanding of LATAM history and culture led me to Spanish. A passion for helping people tell their stories through creativity and innovation led me to Art. I wove these curiosities, desires, and passions together through Leadership Studies: learning how to bring each of our unique assets to the table and lead as a united community for the betterment of all our neighbors.


Fulbright Association


As a Fulbright Fellow in Guatemala, I founded the Atitlan Coalition for Collaboration and Innovation, a network that connected a pipeline of talented young leaders with social organizations. These employment opportunities enable youth to establish themselves as local changemakers: improving social, educational, and environmental factors in their communities.