As the 2018-2019 Stanford Public Interest Network (SPIN) Shinnyo Fellow, Maria Marta is excited to contribute to a variety of initiatives at Redwood City 2020. Having been born and raised in Lima-Peru, she is particularly thrilled to be able to engage with and learn from Latin families that share the same language and her rich cultural background.
Maria Marta recently graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology, with a concentration in “The Determinants of Child Wellbeing.” Pursuing her mission of helping children have the opportunities they need to be healthy, happy, and successful, Maria Marta has interned with the Habla Conmigo Academy, a not-for-profit focused on eradicating the achievement gap between low-SES Latin children and their higher SES peers. Likewise, her early professional path includes being a teacher’s aide in a school for children with learning difficulties, collaborating with Save the Children’s work on menstrual hygiene in rural Kyrgyzstan, and interning at Human Rights Watch.
Apart from spending time with children, Maria Marta enjoys being out in nature, taking pictures, and singing. Over her fellowship year, she hopes her work in Redwood City 2020 will allow her to further strengthen her skills in community engagement and outreach and contribute to projects that will help the dynamic and diverse communities in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. In the future, Maria Marta hopes to be able to influence policies that benefit the lives of children and their families.