As Program Officer for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Maria Escorcia manages the firm’s multi-million dollar philanthropy portfolio for the State of Florida. For the past five years in this role, Maria works closely with community leaders, elected officials, and business leaders to identify best in class programs that support the firm’s strategic approach to philanthropy with emphasis on workforce readiness, neighborhood revitalization, small business development and financial health strategies.
Maria came to JPMorgan Chase from Ashoka, an organization supporting social entrepreneurs around the world. Maria most recently served as Director of South Florida for Ashoka, managing all operations including fundraising and strategic partnerships. Prior to that, Maria spent six years managing a corporate responsibility program for Cementos Argos, a large Colombian multinational corporation. During her first three years at Cementos Argos, while based in Bogota, she designed and implemented a project that aimed to eradicate child labor in rural mining areas. During the company’s expansion in Latin America, she was offered the opportunity to create a corporate foundation in their newly acquired plant in Cabaret, Haiti. The Foundation she established in 2009 played an active role in relief and reconstruction efforts after the 2010 earthquake.
Maria holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a full merit scholarship from the Center for Latin American Studies. While studying for her Masters, she was invited to participate in the United Nations Headquarters Internship Program in New York City where she worked at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Maria holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain, respectively.