Maria Woodruff-Wright is the vice president of operations & CFO of the Skillman Foundation. She previously served the Ruth Mott Foundation as the director of finance and administration.
Maria is a native of Detroit and graduated from the Cass Technical High School. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan–Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
She moved to the Flint area to serve as general manager in her family’s Ford and Lincoln Mercury franchises in Clio and Saginaw, Michigan. Maria later became president and dealer principal of Expressway Ford, Inc. Under her leadership, Expressway Ford received numerous awards for customer satisfaction, quality, and sales growth from Ford Motor Company and JD Power. She also received the Ford Minority Dealer Association Female Entrepreneur of the year award from Essence Magazine.
In addition to working in the automotive industry, Maria has accounting, finance, marketing, and operations experience. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children, traveling, and has competed in over 15 triathlons. Over the past 10 years, Maria has encouraged more than 100 women and children to train and complete their first triathlon.
Maria is a member of the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) board, the Foundation Finacial Officer Group (FFOG), and has served on the Council on Foundations Endowment & Finance Summit Committee.