Maria Dautruche (she/her) is the founder of the Dopwell Group LLC, the inaugural director of the Westchester Center for Racial Equity at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, and manager of Race Forward’s H.E.A.L. Together (Honest Education Action & Leadership) initiative. Before taking on these roles, Maria was a senior advisor to the president and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL)—after time on staff at the national civil rights organization as a vice president. In addition to managing a portfolio of funding partnerships, Maria managed special projects at NUL, including the organization’s participation in the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, 2020 census initiatives and COVID-19 Communities of Color Needs Assessment.
Maria previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution, National Black Child Development Institute, New York Edge (formerly Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation) and Wave Hill. Maria is a trained Rx for Racial Healing circle facilitator, 2018 Independent Sector NGen Fellow and 2017 92Y Women in Power Fellow who has completed Yale School of Management’s Interpersonal Group Dynamics facilitator training. In 2004, Maria co-founded New Voices for Reproductive Justice—a powerful organizing force for the health and well-being of Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color at the local, state (Pennsylvania and Ohio) and national levels.