Maria Pesqueira

Maria S. Pesqueira

Maria del Socorro Pesqueira was appointed President of Healthy Communities Foundation in May 2017. As an award-winning visionary leader, she is a sought-after speaker addressing local, national, and hemispheric audiences on a wide variety of topics ranging from private/nonprofit partnerships, health disparities, immigration reform, women and family issues, violence prevention, and the future of philanthropy.


Prior to joining the Healthy Communities Foundation, Maria served as President to Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Preceding her time at Mujeres, Maria led The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Development and Marketing team. At an early age, as the eldest daughter of Mexican immigrants, she became a translator, advocate, convener, and bridge for information and understanding. As a result, justice, equity, and collaborative effort have been her drivers for becoming a passionate servant-leader.


Maria serves on the board of The Chicago Network, The Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and Hispanics in Philanthropy. Maria’s other civic and community involvement has included appointments to the United States Congressional Commission for a National Women’s History Museum, the Lincoln Academy Advisory Board, Community Memorial Foundation Board Emeriti, and the Cook County Forest Preserves Policy Council.


Her awards and recognitions include being named a Chicago Community Trust Fellow, 1 of 50 Women of Influence by Chicago Business Journal, the Excellence in Community Service award by MALDEF, the Making a Difference Award by Chicago Women in Philanthropy, selected to AJC Project Israel Interchange for National Latino Opinion and Policy Leaders, and named one of “Forty under Forty” by Crain’s Chicago Business.


Maria is a graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program; St. Thomas University, Mini-MBA in Nonprofit Management; and DePaul University, B.A. Latin American Studies. She along with her husband and son reside in the HCF region, a few blocks from where she grew up.