Maria Wahlstrom is an Associate Director in the K-12 division of EAB. Her research for the District Leadership Forum includes: preparing students for careers, teacher recruitment and hiring, narrowing the early achievement gap, and developing school leaders.
Maria began her career as an elementary school teacher in Chicago. She then led the development and implementation of a global awareness curriculum and civic engagement program serving hundreds of elementary and middle school students. Prior to joining EAB, Maria conducted research with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to improve labor and learning environments for Burmese migrants. She also provided strategic planning and impact evaluation support for various foundations and nonprofit organizations seeking to improve health and education outcomes.
Maria graduated summa cum laude with B.A in Sociology from the University of Arizona and holds a dual M.P.A. and Masters in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.