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Maria Estenson

Maria Estenson

Global Search Engagement Associate

Ashoka

District of Columbia, DC

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

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Ashoka

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.

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Fulbright Association

Fellow

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.