Maria Duarte first joined the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) in August 2018 as a Research & Policy Intern. In May 2019, Maria transitioned to a full-time Policy Associate at AYPF.
Born in La Ceiba, Honduras, and raised in Miami, Florida, USA, she received her Master of Arts degree in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. Prior to graduate school, Maria supported vulnerable youth populations such as first-generation students, students with disabilities, and students in contact with the foster care system through research, teaching, and volunteering positions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida.