As Director of Data, Evaluation, and Strategy, Maria oversees data collection processes for KEF, researching best practices nationwide to improve academic outcomes, analyzing relevant state and local data to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement, and supporting special projects and initiatives through research, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Maria I. Panizo, is an experienced professional with a robust background in research, program evaluation, and strategy development. Holding a Ph.D. in Research and Program Evaluation from the University of Miami, Dr. Panizo has honed her skills in educational research, measurements, and psychology with a series of certifications from prestigious institutions, including Kellogg School of Business and Boston University, covering areas like Design Thinking, Executive Fundraising, and Hospitality and Tourism Management.
She worked as Director of Global Market Insights for 10 years in Miami, Florida. Maria moved to Tennessee in 2019 and worked as Grants and Foundations Director for Emerald Youth Foundation. She also worked as an External Evaluator for the University of Miami.
Maria serves as Vice President of Executive Women International in Knoxville, Tennessee. Executive Women International brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement. As a community volunteer, she is part of the AKIMA Club where women serve together to enrich community service and volunteering. She also does volunteer work for the Catholic Dioceses of Knoxville.
Maria resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, Darrell, and children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and crafts.