Maria Paula Rojas is a program associate in the Andean Region office in Bogotá, working to advance the regional strategy with data analysis and visualizations; research and report writing; and monitoring, evaluation, and learning support.
Before joining Ford in 2017, Maria Paula worked as a graduate research assistant for the Armed Conflict and Peace-building Research Program (ConPaz) at the Universidad de los Andes, where she supported a research project aimed at identifying the socioeconomic and institutional factors related to the persistence of crime and violence in post-conflict settings. She also did a research internship with the Latin America and Caribbean program at the Carter Center in Atlanta. From 2014 to 2015, she participated in several research projects funded by the Colombian National Ministry of Education to assess the impact of school-based educational programs on the academic performance of primary school-age children.
Maria Paula holds a MA in peace building, a BA in economics, and a BA in political science from the Universidad de los Andes.