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Maria Carmela Keys, MSW

Maria Carmela Keys, MSW

Business Development Manager

Maria Carmela Keys, MSW, has over 8 years of working in the nonprofit sector. She started working as a counselor and providing school-based case management for children and youth in under-served populations. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, specializing in Management of Human Services and Communities and Social Systems. Maria began work in the field of HIV in Detroit, Michigan at a local AIDS service organization, running a variety of support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS and developed a photo-voice project. Maria has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to a number of CDC’s Compendium of Evidence-based Interventions.

Expertise & Interests

  • Target Populations:
    • Former incarcerated persons
    • HIV+ mothers
    • Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)
    • People of Color
    • Youth and Children
  • School-based Services
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • HIV Testing
  • Evidence Based-Interventions
  • Organizational Development

Capacity building approach

“I approach my work as a Capacity Building Specialist as valuing the passion and expertise that individuals and organizations bring to the sector. I think of this as, ‘you are the expert in your community’, and for those reasons we will create a partnership in order to best meet your needs as individuals or organizations.”