Maritessa Bravo Ares

Maritessa Bravo Ares

Senior Project Manager at Valley Vision

Maritessa joined Valley Vision in July 2023 as a Senior Project Manager focused on managing Valley Vision’s leadership of We Prosper Together.

Maritessa is a social impact professional with an expertise in Northern Californian communities, with over 10 years of project and program management experience. Most recently, she worked in the financial services industry managing a variety of projects and initiatives to help advance the field of socially responsible banking.

She also served as the chair for the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Berkeley between 2013 to 2015.

In 2018, Maritessa was selected as a Fellow at The Aspen Institute under its Program on Philanthropy & Social Innovation, which strengthens the capacity of emerging nonprofit leaders. In addition, Maritessa earned a project management professional certification in 2023 from the Project Management Institute.

As a daughter of a Central Valley farm worker, Maritessa is energized by big ideas for social change, justice, and equity. She loves being a connector and helping others who are interested in social impact careers.

In addition to her post graduate education in leadership and management, Maritessa also received her bachelor of arts in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Outside of her professional work Maritessa is also an artist. She enjoys painting California’s beautiful landscapes using watercolor, as well as nature journaling, planning new adventures, visiting craft breweries, reading historical fiction, and attempting pickleball.