Maria Teresa Rojas

© Ed Kashi for the Open Society Foundations

Maria Teresa Rojas is director of the International Migration Initiative. She has previously held several other positions at the Open Society Foundations, including director of the U.S. immigrant rights portfolio of the Equality and Opportunity Fund, deputy director of the U.S. Justice Fund, and associate director for communications.

Rojas has a varied background in management and communications in the nonprofit and public sectors, and has successfully structured and managed start-up operations. As the first general manager of New York City’s Crosswalks Television Network, she built from the ground up five municipal cable channels and instituted unprecedented coverage of local government proceedings. She has been a television producer, radio correspondent, a writer, and a New York Emmy Nominee.

Rojas is a board member of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Hispanics in Philanthropy. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Bernard M. Baruch College, The City University of New York, and a BA in communications from Rutgers University. She is also a 1986 National Urban Fellow.