Director, Partnerships and Engagement
Maria Martineau leads partnership development and engagement efforts for NewSchools’ External Affairs team. She has nearly two decades of experience supporting educational institutions as well as non-governmental organizations and is passionate about building meaningful partnerships. She has served in a variety of capacities across complex organizations and is skilled in major/principal gift fundraising, non-profit leadership, higher education, advancement communications, corporate partnerships, school reform, workforce development, K-12 education, and community engagement.
Most recently, Maria served as the Director of Development for the George Washington University Law School, supporting the strategic growth of the school as well as the development of new institutes and programs. Prior to that, Maria oversaw institutional advancement strategy and development operations for KID Museum, a Washington D.C. non-profit dedicated to empowering the next generation with the skills to invent the future. Previously, Maria partnered with the Dean of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, leading fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the school.
Prior to shifting to institutional advancement work, Maria focused on advancing the field of education, serving as a strategist and ambassador for educational equity. She worked in alternative education, as a school counselor, and led national school reform efforts supporting the implementation of 170+ career academies across the northeast of the United States, regularly presenting at conferences.
Maria received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration on Neuropsychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Maria is a proud mother of two precocious girls and an incredibly loyal Australian Labradoodle named Sully. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga.