Maria James has a compassion for people that makes her involvement in Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation a sure fit. She is a biomedical scientist who is public health conscience and has always worked for the betterment of others. While an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University she co-founded an organization called STOP, which taught basic self-defense to women and children. Her has a passion for diverse communities led her to live in Costa Rica for three weeks to learn more about the culture and community. Maria also continues to pursue her other interests which include, Spanish and finance. Maria also founded the business Pocket of Money, LLC which provides tools and tips to help you take control of your money and live your best life.
In 2004, Maria volunteered for the first Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Conference, embracing the mission and vision of HWHN, Maria joined the team. In 2008 she co-founded Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, Inc. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine in 2012. During Maria's graduate work she has authored papers on her research regarding prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and recent vs. non-recent HIV infection.