Program Assistant

Lindamaria Ortega Franco, Graduate Assistant

Lindamaria is an accomplished professional with expertise in nonprofit management and international affairs, primarily in education, development aid, international business development, operations and marketing in Latin America, Europe, Asia and USA.

Linda has a strong background in strategic planning, nonprofit legal compliance, resource sustainability, fundraising, and programs. Her passion on education has driven her career on many levels, as an artist and social entrepreneur, she is also involved in many initiatives towards, women empowerment, cultural and local development.

During her career spanning in four continents, Lindamaria has managed programs and projects funded by USAID, JICA, World Bank, CIDA (now DFATD), Europe Aid, AECID, and local governments, to address education development, immigration, youth, human rights, economic development and healthcare in different countries.

Lindamaria holds a MA in Public Administration from Florida International University, MBA in Nonprofit management from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and postgraduate degrees in Marketing, International Business, Education and Socioeconomic Development. From Universidad del Istmo, Universidad del Valle Guatemala and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca.

Currently, she is a Public Affairs Ph.D student at Florida International University.

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