Maria Teresa Rojas is a senior executive with extensive experience building institutions, developing programs, and implementing grantmaking strategies. She specializes in startup programs. Among them, founding and directing the Open Society Foundations’ International Migration Initiative, creating a funder collaborative in Central America and Mexico, and building a television network for the City of New York. She recently concluded her long career with the Open Society Foundations. She is working now as a management consultant and serving as associate director of the Herstory Writers Network, where she leads strategic planning and the carceral justice programs. She also serves on the Proteus Fund Board of Directors.

In her earlier career, Maria Teresa worked as a journalist, filmmaker, radio correspondent, and television producer. She currently serves on the board of Ayiti Demen|Haiti Tomorrow. Previously, she served on several boards, including Hispanics in Philanthropy, New York Women’s Foundation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales. Maria Teresa was born in Bogota, Colombia. She has traveled extensively on all seven continents and considers New York City and New Jersey my home.