Maria Gonzalez

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Maria is the Founder and Principal of M&A Supplier Diversity Consultants (M&A SDC), a distinguished consultancy known for its industry leadership. With 20+ years in the public sector, Maria is a recognized consultant creating compliant supplier diversity programs, aiding clients in federal and state socio-economic certifications. She supports women-owned enterprises, small businesses, and the BIPOC business community in obtaining diverse supplier certifications.

Formerly with Massachusetts' Commonwealth, Maria played a key role in the Operation Services Division, aiding small and diverse businesses. She impacted 1,000+ businesses/nonprofits, enhancing marketing for state agencies. In the Executive Office of Administration & Finance, she influenced policy at the State House's Office of Access and Opportunity.

Maria also volunteers as a Certified SCORE Business Counselor, serves on the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) Board, and contributes to the Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School Advisory Committee. She's a Commissioner for the Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women and a Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Diverse and Small Business Advisory Board member.

She's spoken at:
• Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce
• Worcester Chamber of Commerce
• Amplify Latinx
• Inner City Capital Connections
• Latino Economic Development

Originally from Puerto Rico, Maria settled in Boston and later moved to Taunton in 2001. Beyond work, she enjoys gardening, literature, music, walks, and Salsa dancing. Maria is the sole vegetarian in her close-knit family.

Education & Credentials:
• Executive Leadership Program, 2023
• DEI Certified Trainer, 2022
• Certified ScrumMaster, 2017
• MCAD, Employment Discrimination Law certificate, 2014
• HRD, Commonwealth Management Certificate, 2012
• HIC, Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulations, 2019
• Notary Public, 2005
• MSCJ, Boston University, 2004
• BCJ, UMASS Boston, 2001

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