Maria Anita Salinas was born and raised in Southwest Detroit were she has been active in leadership and community development for over 35 yrs Maria will be celebrating her 33th wedding anniversary this year to Manrique Salinas and has a 27yr old Daughter Marina. Maria has a Masters in Community Leadership Development from Michigan State University.
Maria has accomplished many trainings and has many certifications mainly addressing Environmental Issues, Leadership Development and Social Justice. She also has many publications in partnership with School of Public Health, University Of Michigan were Maria worked for over 18yrs and is still very active with the SPH mentoring students and supporting Internships. Maria is currently in a 3 year Kellogg Foundation Fellowship addressing Racial Equity, Social Justice and Institutional Racism.
Currently Maria Is Executive Director of Congress of Communities she has worked on The Good Neighborhoods Initiative (Skillman Foundation) for the last ten years 10yrs in the city of Detroit. Maria is more driven than ever to help continue to make change in the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan.