Maria Campos-Harlow was welcomed into the Spanish Community of Wallingford first as a Board member, then Board Chair and finally as Executive Director as of the fall of 2010. She has since revitalized the agency in many ways by: developing multiple educational, cultural and health programs for all segments of the Latino community; building alliances with many sectors of the Wallingford social service and municipal government community; and creating programs and activities that have showcased the vibrant Latino cultures. Maria also represents SCOW and her community by serving on many boards and committees. The presence of the Mariachi Academy of Connecticut, the Adelante America programs for youths 13-18 years old and the hosting of the STEM Academy at SCOW are examples of her many accomplishments in rebuilding the organization.
Maria was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, where she received her B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes. She moved to the United States in June, 2001. She has since received a Professional Certificate in Court Interpreting from New York University, as well as a Certificate in Non-Profit Business Excellence for Catholic Leaders at the University of Notre Dame.
Maria has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to creating opportunities to improve the lives of Latinos in the Greater Wallingford area including, in 2014, Midstate Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Award; in 2015, Girls Inc.’s Smart, Strong and Bold Award, Midstate Chamber of Commerce – Hola Committee’s Shining Star and Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award.