Chief Advancement Officer, American Alpine Club
Denver, CO, USA
Cohort: Center for Creative Leadership, New York, 2014
Maria Gonzales serves the AAC as the Chief Advancement Officer, overseeing fundraising efforts and donor focused initiatives. While originally from Santa Fe, N.M. she relocated to the Rocky Mountains from Washington, D.C. after living there for almost a decade. Maria began to realize her passion for development when she entered the nonprofit arena in 2009. Prior to joining the AAC in 2018 she led development efforts and social enterprise initiatives at Catholic Charities USA. Most recently Maria worked hand in hand with fortune 100 multinational corporations as well as individual donors at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Maria completed her undergrad and graduate work at Arizona State University where she received an M.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Journalism. She is proud to call herself a diehard Sun Devil. Maria obtained a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University in 2015. As a lover of the outdoors, she spends her free time adventuring with her husband and two rescue dogs, Apollo and Olivia.