Partner Maria Schneider

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Maria is an award-winning strategist who approaches her work with enthusiasm and attention to detail.  At Rabin Martin, she provides leadership for one of the world’s largest maternal health initiatives, overseeing a dynamic team responsible for program design, implementation and communications. 

With more than 20 years of experience across a wide range of areas – public health, disaster response, education and child welfare – Maria specializes in:


  • Developing innovative programs in the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Identifying new ways for clients to contribute expertise – not just financial resources – to achieve long-term impact
  • Generating opportunities for unexpected partnerships that position clients in a new light while reaching program goals
  • Executive coaching for senior leaders for success at work and in life


Before she joined Rabin Martin, Maria was Senior Vice President in Edelman’s Corporate Social Responsibility practice, where she created the Partnership for Disaster Response for the Business Roundtable, (winning the prestigious public relations Gold Sabre Award).  She also convened a high-level working group to get Alzheimer’s disease on the global health agenda, beginning with a panel at the World Economic Forum, and directed the strategy for the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s global growth.  Prior to that, she helped refocus the mission of the Pfizer Foundation.

Maria’s early career was dedicated to public service. She worked in New York City government on child welfare and public health issues and led the non-profit Coro, which trains people from diverse backgrounds for success in the public affairs arena.



MA, Public Policy
New School for Social Research

BA, Classics
Wesleyan University, Phi Beta Kappa