Maureen DeCoste has over twenty years of marketing, communications, and development experience. In her position at Ability Now Bay Area she oversees the branding and marketing strategy for the organization as well as financial support from foundations and individual donors. Previous to joining Ability Now, she served as the Director of Communications and Development at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.
Maureen has worked in the field of marketing, communications, and design for multiple companies and as an independent consultant. Her clients include Patagonia, JBL/Harman Kardon, and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, where she also served as the Development Chair.
Maureen received an M.A. in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, U.K. and a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She has volunteered as an educator for several youth organizations, including as an HIV/AIDS educator for Coaching for Hope in Africa, and as a tutor for Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families.