Founder + CEO, Raise for Good
San Francisco, CA, USA
Cohort: Aspen Institute, Aspen, 2016
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Maria Choi, CEO and Founder of Raise for Good, is passionate about uniting technology, philanthropy and social good to solve critical issues. As a first generation Korean-American, Maria’s life work has been centered on developing education and economic opportunities for women and minorities to thrive in a global economy. Maria is a strategist, fundraiser and marketer who has raised more than $125M through corporations, high net worth individuals and institutional funders such as Gates Foundation, Microsoft, to Reid Hoffman for organizations like All Raise, Pledge 1%, Code.org, Sesame Workshop, UNICEF and Khan Academy over her 15-year career. Maria also helped build global campaigns like the Cannes Titanium award winning Tap Project, a global clean water campaign and the Hour of Code, reaching over 200M globally. Maria has also built partnerships with hundreds of brands and organizations, from Disney, AT&T, NFL, Facebook, Amazon, Accenture, to BlackRock.