María I. Campos currently serves as Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. María is responsible for developing partnerships with state and local governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media outlets, businesses, Latino and grassroots entities.
Prior to her current role, María served as the Program Director for several community based youth programs encompassing youth mentoring and truancy prevention. She was responsible for program administration and development, community partnerships, budget oversight, and data management. She also developed the database programming that is being used nationwide. Maria was also responsible for grant-writing and research. María also led the development of the young Latina toolkit, Mi Hermana’s Keeper, the first of its kind, which will develop and implement evidence-based curriculum for system involved Latina youth utilizing participatory action research methods, capturing the voices of Latina youth and their families.
Previously, Maria has worked for members of the Texas House, Texas Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, in Texas and Washington, D.C. Maria has also worked for Strategic Partnerships, Inc, focusing on procurement consulting, government affairs and public private partnerships. María’s entire career has been formed in building community partnerships, program evaluation, data management, legislative policy and social services. She holds a Master in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and Public Policy from the City University of New York-Baruch College, where she was selected as a National Urban Fellow. She has served as a youth mentor for over twenty years and has served on the Texas Mentor Partnership Founding Advisory Council.