Maria Fernanda Mata is proficient in qualitative and quantitative research methods, particularly for evaluation studies of health and education initiatives. She works on projects focused on education, health literacy, economic development, civic engagement, and racial equity. Specifically, she conducts grant portfolio analysis, site visits, and telephone interviews. Additionally, Maria serves on the survey team and designs both print and web-based surveys.
Prior to working at Community Science, Maria work for the National Hispanic Council on Aging, where she led program and policy research on key issues impacting Hispanic communities, including health, retirement security, and access to social programs. She also worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (the Wilson Center).
In her spare time, Maria enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures, and reading, particularly magic realism novels.