Maria Smith Dautruche (she/her/hers) is proud to be from Mount Vernon, NY – an inner-ring suburb of New York City in Westchester County (land connected to the Munsee Lenape people). She organized Westchester County’s first observance of National Day of Racial Healing on January 19, 2021 and served a productive term on the County’s African American Advisory Board from 2018-2020.
Professionally, Maria currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the National Urban League. Prior to this role, she was on staff at the historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization as Vice President, Partnerships & Advancement. In addition to fundraising during her time on staff, Maria was the organization’s Steward within the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative for five years. In January 2020, Maria completed Rx for Racial Healing Co-Facilitator Training led by Dr. Gail Christopher’s Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature.
Maria is a member of the recently launched The Rooted Collaborative™ - a global community focused on the holistic evolution and advancement of female leaders of color in the social impact sector. She serves on the boards of Data for Black Lives and Awesome Foundation NYC. Maria is a PURPOSE Productions Leading Organizer and coordinates the New York Youth Justice Initiative – a coalition of philanthropists and donors who seek to improve outcomes for court-involved youth in New York City. Maria is currently an Elias Foundation Activist Fellow and was an Independent Sector NGen Fellow in 2018 and a 92Y Women in Power Fellow in 2017. While an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh, Maria co-founded New Voices for Reproductive Justice – a powerful organizing force for the health and well-being of Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color at the local, state (PA and OH) and national levels.