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Maria Darie
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Maria Darie

Director of Finance

Maria has over 15 years of professional experience in finance, accounting, process improvement, management of nonprofit organizations and corporate experience in the US and overseas. Maria’s career has been invested in mission-driven organizations, where she has provided outstanding operations support.

Prior joining The Education Trust, Maria served as controller for the Bipartisan Policy Center. Before that, Maria was the director of finance and administration at the Inter-American Dialogue, a nonprofit organization that engages a network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, she served as the vice president of finance and administration for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she provided strategic leadership and tactical support for the organization’s fiscal operations and business compliance.

In addition, Maria has served as the executive director and chief financial officer for Presidential Classroom, an organization providing civic education programs for gifted high school students from the U.S. and abroad. Maria has also worked in the private sector, as the accounting manager for New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Washington, D.C.

Maria holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Ploiesti, and an international executive MBA from Georgetown University.

Favorite Sports Team
I don’t follow any particular sports teams, but I love the Olympic Games!

What are people most surprised to learn about you?
Even though I was born in Romania, I have not visited Dracula’s castle.

Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
A deep belief that access to education is not a privilege, but a right.

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