Maria Jimenez-Lara

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    • Media Contact:
      Lorrie Thomas Ross
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    • Organization:Naples Children & Education Foundation
    • Area of Expertise:Nonprofit Organizations
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      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.
      Blog/Web site: napleswinefestival.com
      Awards/associations/memberships:
      -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”

      Educational background:
      -Hodges University, Master’s in Public Administration
      -Florida International University, Bachelor’s in Management
      -Universidad de las Americas, Bachelor's in Psychology
      Interests:
      Nonprofits, Children’s Education, Charitable Programs,

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