Shalimar Alió, Senior Lead, Client Services

Maria Ibañez

Vice President, Communications & Digital Media

Maria is Vice President of Communications and Digital Media where she develops and executes strategic national integrated campaigns to position the agency and its clients in general and multicultural markets.

What would you say is one of your finest moments, something you're very proud of?
Twice in my lifetime I took a leap of faith and got out of my comfort zone. Just do it!

What do you like most about working at Comunicad?
The diversity of expertise and background of my colleagues.

Name two of your top pet peeves.
Procrastination and lack of common courtesy.

What do you like to do during your free time?
Gardening…all the time

If you had to live on a deserted island, besides your family, what would you miss most? Which skills would you use to get off the island?
I would miss my freedom to leave whenever I want. I would use my very amateur renovation and repair skills to build something.

Maria’s vast experience of more than 20 years includes working in all facets of PR and communications including strategic planning, media relations, campaign activation, community outreach, brand identity, and digital media implementation. 

She has a professional communications background in the public policy arena specifically on issues related to children and families, immigration, women's rights, civil rights, education, community development, and health. Throughout her career, she has worked with influential national organizations including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), National Public Radio, National Academy for State Health Policy, and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also led the communications and community relations efforts for the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and was a Presidential appointee at the U.S. Treasury Department. Maria has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland, School of Journalism, and Trinity University's School of Communications. She formerly served on the board of directors for Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) and was co-chair of its pro-bono committee. 

Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the District of Columbia and Master’s from American University. She is also a certified Master Gardener. 

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