Mariana is the current Chief Operating Officer of Mi Familia Vota.
Previously, Mariana joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in June of 2021 as the new Director of Strategic Initiatives where she works with the CEO launching and leading special initiatives and projects, managing strategic partnerships and liaising with the Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
Mariana has dedicated over a decade to leading nonprofits and creating change. Most recently, Mariana worked for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) as Director of Civic Engagement Initiatives where she led statewide initiatives educating nonprofits on how their communities can have a voice in creating more equitable and representative communities; and as Chief of Staff for Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López where she worked to advance community advocacy and inclusive policy. In that role, Mariana directed the Immigration Task Force (ITF), an initiative that advanced welcoming policies and highlighted Detroit as a welcoming, inclusive and global city. Thanks to the work of the ITF, Detroit ranked the 8th most welcoming city in the U.S. in 2020 by the New American Economy.
Before joining Detroit’s City Council, Mariana worked at The Kresge Foundation as the Assistant to the Vice President, Chief Program & Strategy officer and at Global Ties Detroit as Program Director. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Mariana moved to Detroit from Paris, where she co-managed two properties as Deputy Director for IGESA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving France’s Ministry of Defense.
Mariana serves on the Alumni Council for Cultural Vistas. She holds a master’s degree in public administration/non-profit management from Oakland University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Connecticut State University.