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Maria Azhunova

Interim Grants Associate

Maria supports the efficiency of grantmaking processes and systems for multiple departments, grantees, and applicants, and provides assistance at multiple stages of the grants lifecycle. As a point of contact and partner to program colleagues, Maria is familiar with the foundation’s funding areas and best practices in grantmaking, data management, and legal compliance.

Previously, Maria was Executive Director at the Baikal Buryat Center for Indigenous Cultures, and currently leads the Land of Snow Leopard Network. Both organizations are focused on the conservation of biocultural diversity through intergenerational transmission of traditional indigenous values and spirituality, and unifying traditional ecological knowledge with western conservation science.