Business Development Director
Maria recently joined The Improve Group, combining her more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications with her recent training in evaluation and matters of public affair. She has a lifelong passion for making systems work and is a curious evaluator at heart. In her new role at The Improve Group, she will help tell the story of the organization and relate its value to the many clients it serves.

Brings to the Team

  • Honed written and verbal communications skills, with a keen eye for identifying key messages
  • Commitment to balancing new ideas with tried and true strategies
  • Practical project management and process development experience
  • Leadership and business management knowledge
  • Unique perspective based on broad experience spanning many industries, issues, and types of organizations

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group (2015 - current)
  • Child Care Aware of Minnesota, Director of Communications and Engagement (2013 - 2015)
  • Entrust Datacard, Marketing Communications Manager (2011 - 2012)
  • SICK Sensor Intelligence, Director of Marketing Communications (2003 - 2011)
  • Labreche Murray Public Relations, Public Affairs Practice Group Leader & Account Manager (2000 - 2003)
  • Honeywell, Communications Account Manager (2000)
  • Minnesota Project Innovation, Communications Director (1997 - 2000)
  • Popham Haik Law Firm, Associate Marketing Director (1991 - 1997)


  • Master of Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Concentration in Evaluation 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wheaton College
  • Additional Studies: Civic Engagement, Leadership

Brings to the Community

  • Lifelong member of League of Women Voters
  • Active member in local community (e.g. past Planning Commission Member)

Beyond the Bio

Maria is a positive influence and can often be heard laughing beyond the walls of her office. As a strong extrovert, she generally enjoys being out and about with family and friends, regardless of the activity. However, she also enjoys the solitude of working in her many gardens where she can see the fruits of her labor. She is looking forward to a new phase in life as an empty-nester, as her son goes off to college this Fall.