Maria Fernanda Sierra
Project Manager, Programs and Communications Office
Maria Fernanda Sierra is the Project Manager for the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program Grant with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She provides support to the overall operation of the program and works in collaboration with the Spokes and contractors to achieve the SBA objective – to engage in targeted outreach for small businesses in underserved communities to help them get resources and the support they need to get back on track as the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to working with USHCC, Maria Fernanda served as Project Manager with ME&A, a woman-owned international development small business, and managed USAID-funded projects in Armenia, El Salvador, Georgia, Rwanda, and Tanzania. She was responsible for the day-to-day operational, contractual, and financial management.
Maria Fernanda also worked with Uniaquatech and Puebla Food Bank in Mexico. She supported the teams with literature review, data collection and analysis to get an alternative technology prototype to purify water and optimizing the food bank assembly line to serve food pantries to thousands of Mexican families.
When not working, you can find her playing soccer, training for her next marathon, or travelling and spending time with her family.
Maria Fernanda holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a working knowledge of French.