Maria Salmeron Melendez

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Maria Salmeron Melendez

Maria Salmeron Melendez is an Ed.M. candidate for Education Policy and Analysis at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As an aspiring policymaker in the nation’s educational system, she is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and closing opportunity gaps disproportionately affecting Black and Brown students. Her research passions include studying trauma-informed culturally responsive education policies. 

This summer, Maria interned with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and was placed in Congressman Jamaal Bowman’s Office. She has also interned at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and served as an Accelerate Fellow with Teach for America during Summer 2020. Along with the Posse Foundation full-tuition scholarship, Maria has also been recognized with the 2017 National Gold Hispanic Heritage Foundation award for the Education category due to her leadership successes in the educational equity space during her time as a student at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). During her free time, Maria enjoys listening to music, going on runs, and spending time with her loved ones.