Wilmington Sudbury School
María Thereza Beauchamp Pagán was born in Bayamón, raised in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico; her family moved to Delaware, USA, in the '90s, where her passion for helping communities led her to belong to the boards of directors of various organizations and groups. She became a renowned human rights activist, organizer, and advocate as a student leader. In several of these organizations, María was the first young Hispanic woman to reach the position of president. With ten plus years in the corporate world in management, business development, and sales, Maria decided it was time to change. Local entrepreneur committed to developing the talents and capacities of the Hispanic communities. Maria saw another opportunity to place Delaware on the map and help grow the arts by founding Delaware Fashion Week. Her work with fashion week and their positive impact was recognized by the City of Philadelphia's City Council as they honored Maria's hard work and dedication in the fashion industry. As a political activist, she promoted and contributed to forming youth leaderships and progressive candidates. Maria has also become a symbol of the fight against chronic diseases since she has Lupus and Dystonia, and despite this, she continues a very active militancy against injustice, ethnic and racial discrimination, and oppressive governments. A recipient of several awards her work in human rights, community service, and entrepreneurship, including the Delaware Governor's Youth Service Award; the President's Volunteer Service Award of two Presidents of the United States, citation and recognition of the city of Philadelphia, recognition of the Dominican community in the city of New York, among others.
In her most recent work, María was part of the people who joined the organization and foundation of the Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana (MVC), a political movement that became the third political party and force in Puerto Rico. She also served the MVC as Madam Secretary of the National Transitional Committee and as Director of Communications. María is currently taking part in the foundation of the Wilmington Sudbury School and is serving as the board's secretary.
María is pursuing a degree in psychology and loves to spend her free time with her son Mickey, family & friends. You can catch her reading a good book by the ocean whenever she is not in a meeting.