María Fernanda Escobar

Maria Fernanda coordinates Race and Equality’s office in Colombia. She also designs and implements programs to support our Afro-Colombian and LGBTI partners’ abilities in advocacy skills and organizational strengthening.

Before joining our team, Maria Fernanda worked on women’s and LGBTI issues for the Government of Bogotá. She also has experience advising grassroots organizations on project management and researching the impact of Colombia’s armed conflict on Afro-Colombian women.

Maria Fernanda studied political science at the Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia). She also studied research design and received a master’s degree in gender studies from Central European University. She has been honored by the CEU Budapest Foundation and received a Research Fellowship from the CEU’s Internship Support Program. As a member of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Professional Fellows Program for Economic Empowerment, she studied at the University of Connecticut and the Universidad de la Paz (San José, Costa Rica).

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