Staff Members

Maria A. Paz

Director of External Relations

Maria A. Paz returned to her native Coachella Valley in November 2018 to lead Alianza’s multi-year fund development effort. She works with staff and campaign partners to design and implement a collaborative fundraising effort and plays a key role in building strong support for Alianza around the Coachella Valley, California, and beyond.

Before joining Alianza, Maria was a government relations representative for AltaMed Health Services, the largest Independent Federally Qualified Health Center in the U.S. At AltaMed, Maria maintained strong relationships with government and foundation sources and oversaw annual plans to engaging these stakeholders in the organization’s mission. Prior to that, during a fellowship with the California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy, Maria analyzed proposed legislation, made policy recommendations, and represented her assemblymember at public hearings and other events. She has also worked as a policy analyst for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, a legislative aide in Sacramento, and political campaign field organizer in Coachella.

Maria is a graduate of Coachella Valley High School and the University of Redlands, where she earned Bachelor's degrees in Global Business and Spanish.