Maria Dominguez Gray
Class of 1955 Executive Director
Maria has served as the Class of 1955 Executive Director since 2012. In this role, she works with the student leaders and members of the Board of Trustees to shape and carry out the vision and mission of PBHA, acts as ambassador to the Harvard and Cambridge and Boston communities, seeks out and develops resources for PBHA, oversees the development and implementation of sound financial management practices, supervises the staff, mentors students, and oversees safety and risk management. Maria was previously PBHA’s Deputy Director for 12 years. In that role, she worked with staff and student leaders to improve the quality and assessment systems for PBHA programming, worked to strengthen the depth of PBHA’s community partnerships, and was instrumental in developing a culture of reflection and training focused on informed, long term commitment to service. Maria also spearheaded the PBHA STRIDE Community Service Scholars program (formerly known as Stride Rite) through which she mentored and designed the leadership development programming for 40 undergraduate students and managed up to 3 post-graduate fellowships annually.
Prior to PBHA, Maria served for five years on the staff of City Year Boston as a program and service director for the Boston site in the early years of AmeriCorps and worked with young mothers at Concilio Hispano in Chelsea. Through her work in the greater Boston area, she has been instrumental in several key community coalitions including founding the South End/ Lower Roxbury Youth Worker Alliance and Mission Hill Youth Collaborative and advising the Academy, Bromley, Egleston Safety Task force, Youth Jobs Coalition and Boston Center for Youth and Families. Maria had additionally served on the boards for Cambridge Community Schools, Sociedad Latina, Project HIP HOP, and the Friends of the Hernandez School.
Maria received her B.A. from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education through the Risk and Prevention program. She is a member of the 2010 cohort for Emerging Leaders at the UMass Center of Collaborative Leadership. Maria was born in Boston, grew up in Arlington, VA and currently lives in Roxbury with her husband and 2 children.