María Villalpando believes in the power of Mexican nonprofits to bring dignity to the way people live. In her role as Partnerships Consultant, she helps grow and increase this power to support GlobalGiving’s partners in the region. She graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a degree in Sociology and a special focus on poverty studies. María loves to travel and has had the opportunity to work on different community development projects in Laos, Fiji, and Costa Rica. In her free time, you can find her kitesurfing, hurrying somewhere, or finding a way to get to the ocean.