Maritza Soto Keen, Ph.D.

Public Service Associate
Nonprofit Leadership Development
Current Position:

Maritza Soto Keen works in the area of nonprofit leadership with a focus on board development, strategic planning, and program evaluation.

With almost 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and multicultural community engagement, Keen is an expert on board roles and responsibilities, diversity and cultural competence, and program evaluation.

Current Activities and Expertise:

For the last 12 years, Keen has served as the lead faculty on projects for nonprofit clients including the Georgia Forestry Association, Girls Inc., Georgia Afterschool Investment Council, the Georgia Department of Education, Camp Best Friends, Georgians for a Healthy Future, and the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children. She has led, developed, and facilitated workshops on board governance, diversity, communication with Latino families, cultural competence. She facilitates the Meyers Briggs instrument, and leads community engagement workshops. She has led on asset mapping projects and community assessments.

Previous Experience:
  • Executive Director Latin American Association (1984-2002)
  • Chief Therapist, Comprehensive Care Corporation (1980-1984)
Education: 
1978, B.A. Queens College (City University of New York), Flushing, New York
1979, M.A., University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
2013, Ph.D., Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia
Awards:
2012, University of Georgia’s Walter Barnard Hill Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement in public service and outreach by UGA faculty and service professionals
2011-2012, Service Learning Fellow, Office of Service Learning, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.tion
2004, Outstanding Community Service, Latin American Association
2003, Community Service Award, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
2002, Leadership Award, Wise Women Speak Foundation
2002, Special Recognition Award, The Coca-Cola Company
2001, Inaugural Class of Diversity Leadership Academy, The Coca-Cola Company
1997, Pioneer Award: Housing and Community Development, National Puerto Rican Coalition
1996, Torch Bearer, 1996 Olympics Atlanta
1993, Women Who Make a Difference Award, International Women’s Forum
1992, Academy of Women Achievers, YMCA
1990, Outstanding Young Atlantan
Boards:
Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Georgia Power’s Corporate Diversity Council. Appointed to council, one of 10 academic, community, and business leaders. 2006 – present.
Wachovia’s Diversity Advisory Council. 2002 - 04.
National Board Member, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. 2002 - 04
Search Committee, (4 members), Police Chief, City of Atlanta. 2003.
Search Committee, (4 members) Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta. 2002