Area(s) of expertise: Nonprofit Organizations
Summary of expertise:
Maria Jimenez-Lara is the Chief Executive Officer at The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting effective, disciplined charitable programs that significantly improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Florida.
Before, Ms. Jimenez-Lara served as the Director of Foundation Services and Grants Director for NCEF, responsible for overseeing the charitable grant process in conjunction with the trustee-driven Grant Committee.
Prior to joining NCEF, Jimenez-Lara was Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s (RCMA) Director of Charter Schools. She has over 20 years of experience in program development, designing effective educational programs for at-risk children, and collaborating with various community-based organizations. Among her major contributions are the development of five charter schools for at-risk children, two housing developments for low income families, and a founding member of a domestic violence prevention organization.
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-Gulfshore Life 2017 Men & Woman of the Year
-Women United in Justice and Leadership, Lifetime Achievement Award, Homestead, Florida
-El Nuevo Miami Herald’s “Rising Latino Leader”
-Hodges University, Master’s in Public Administration
-Florida International University, Bachelor’s in Management
-Universidad de las Americas, Bachelor's in Psychology
Nonprofits, Children’s Education, Charitable Programs,
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