Maria Espinosa Booth was named Chief Executive Officer in Dec. 2016.
Booth, who joined the Fulfillment Fund in 2000, has served as Vice President of Programs from 2010 to 2013, Chief Programs Officer from 2013 to 2014, and Chief Operations Officer from 2014-2016. She has been instrumental in expanding the Fulfillment Fund’s programs to serve more students, as well as improving the Fulfillment Fund’s evaluation, data and collection standards to better serve students, volunteers and families.
Under her leadership, the Fulfillment Fund’s graduation and college matriculation rates have risen steadily. More than 93% of Fulfillment Fund high school graduates go on to college, compared to only about 50% of students from low-income communities nationwide. Whereas nationally, only 33% of students from low-income communities who enroll in four-year colleges graduate, more than 75% of Fulfillment Fund scholars do.
"So many lives are transformed when a young person becomes the first in their family to achieve a college education – there is a ripple effect to their entire family and community,” she says. “My dream is for the Fulfillment Fund to reach more students over the next five years. We know our model works and there are so many young people who need us."
In addition to leading programs, she plays a key leadership role in the organization’s external affairs, managing program partnerships and relationships in the community. In 2012, the Fulfillment Fund expanded services to Clark County, Nevada, where it is now serving hundreds of students in two high schools.
A native of the Los Angeles area, Booth received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Chris.