Maria Metodieva focuses on Family Economic Success among disadvantaged groups in Bulgaria. Her commitment is to maximize results for the Trust in this sphere and to help beneficiaries gain the skills and experience they need to find relevant employment and to support their families. The Trust approaches this challenging task by first building and sustaining valuable partnerships with leading businesses, as well as supporting programs that increase the employability of beneficiaries. Equally relevant are community projects and the promotion of legalized neighborhoods and home ownership.
Prior to joining the Trust, Maria served as a Director of the Roma Program at Open Society Institute Sofia. Her areas of expertise include good governance, civil society development, strategic planning, ethnic minority integration, community development, public-private partnerships, and public policies for vulnerable groups.
Maria holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the New Bulgarian University. She also sits on the Board of the Bulgarian–American Commission for Education Exchange of the Fulbright Commission, which facilitates the exchange of Bulgarian and American scholars.