Board of Trustees

Maria Andrade
Maria Andrade
Title: Board Trustee, President

Maria is a Newark resident with an ardent drive for social equality and an inspirational leader. She is currently employed as a Parent Liaison for  New Jersey Statewide GEAR UP Project at the NJ Institute of Technology (NJIT).She is also currently working as an Instructor with youth at risk in a Juvenile Detention Center in Biology for applied sciences. She coaches/mentors a FTC Robotics Team by CLEAR. Maria is an exceptional young leader who has made a big difference in all projects that she commits to from leading a mentoring program to help minority students pursue a college education to Latina’s efforts for gender equality in her free time . 


Throughout her professional career, she has worked closely with curriculum specialists to further develop the successful mentoring component of the NJ GEAR UP Project. She has developed strong relationships and established strong partnerships with non-profit and corporate organizations that help to bridge the gap  between education and opportunity through internships and social impact projects.  


Maria has also worked  with Newark Public Schools' for the last few  years in urban classroom settings. Ranging from Special Needs Program, as an Autism Instructor in a self-contained classroom.  Ms. Andrade has a  Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from NJCU. She is a graduate from the Center for American Women in Politics (CWAP)NEW-Leadership Cohort Class of 2016.  She was also awarded a Political Science Certificate from TWC-The Washington Center in Washington D.C. She has been recognized by the New Jersey City University (NJCU)- Opportunity Scholarship Program EOF and inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, along with being a part of  the National Society of Leadership and Success- NJCU Chapter.  She is also a Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Women in Global Policy Almuna -She serves as the Regional Ambassador for the NJ GEAR UP & College Bound Alumni Network since 2010. 


As a woman of color, daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, a young mother and social justice fighter she has dedicated herself to Social Justice, Equality, Minority Issues, Criminal Justice Reform, Education and Advocacy for marginalized communities. She is actively involved with many organizations that share her vision. Maria is a member of the Community Advisory Board at RWJB Clara Maass Center of Excellence for Latino Health (CELH) . Currently she also serves as the VP Board of Trustee for Roseville Community Charter School The first Charter School Board to be Certified by NJSBA she is also a NJSBA Certified Board Member. Ms Andrade is an appointed member of the Hispanic Commission for the Office International Relations and Diaspora Affairs here in the great city of Newark. She has been in  The Latino Spirit Digital  Annual Publication as one of  the 100 Statewide Latino  Leaders in NJ in 2019 and 2020. Recently, she has been featured in Insider NJ Publication 2020 “Millennials to Watch” . 


Ms. Andrade firmly believes that while influence and environmental factors can impact one’s development, individuals are ultimately the masters of their own destinies and she refuses to be limited by circumstances that are out of her control. She is personally invested in ensuring that all children  are given an education with the highest quality that nurtures scholarly development with 21st century skills.


Ms. Andrade is the happy and loving mother of two beautiful children Michael and Dahlya