Prior to becoming Executive Director, Maria served as Outright’s Deputy Executive Director, leading the work of the development and communications teams. In this position, they oversaw a period of extraordinary growth in visibility, diversification and increase in funding. They also launched groundbreaking initiatives, such as Outright’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund and pioneering engagement with international businesses.
Maria previously served as Executive Director of RFSL, Sweden’s largest LGBTIQ organization. While in this position, Maria established RFSL's international program, played a key role in ensuring that the human rights of LGBTIQ people become ingrained in the Swedish government's agenda for development and foreign affairs, advocated for marriage equality (achieved in 2009) and the abolishment of forced sterilization of trans people as a requirement for legal gender recognition (outlawed in 2013).
Maria has conducted leadership training for hundreds of LGBTIQ activists on topics including strength-based coaching and appreciative inquiry. They regularly provide expert opinions to governments, foundations, U.N. agencies and corporations.
Maria (they/she) is frequently quoted by the media, including by outlets like Time magazine and Thomson Reuters.