Community Involvement Maria Cabrera has worked as a volunteer for numerous organizations since she was a teenager in her home town of West Chester. She is proud to have been a girl scout and volunteered on many projects, but she especially loved working with seniors and children. Maria was a founding board member of the Hispanic Business Association of Delaware and served as its President. She has also help launch as a founding board member organizations such as Delaware Futures, the Wilmington Urban League, to name a few, as well as served on over 30 boards and committees combined. She continues to focus on economic development and empowerment opportunities for people and communities throughout Wilmington, all of Delaware and beyond. Maria currently serves on the Board of Directors for Los Jardines, Interfaith Community Housing Foundation, and Sacred Heart II. Maria Cabrera is also a motivational speaker and is asked to speak at many functions on issues of cultural competency and outreach.
Maria D. Cabrera served as the Delaware Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators, (2014-2016) and on the board of National League of Cities Women in Municipal Government, (2014-2017 ) and member of the National League of Cities’ Hispanic Elected Local Officials, (2014-2017 ).
Former Council Member Cabrera served as chairperson of the City Council’s Housing and Licenses and Inspections Committee and was a member of the following Council committees and commission: Community and Economic Development Committee, Education, Youth & Families Committee, Wilmington Cable, Video and Telecommunications Commission. She introduced four key pieces of legislation, numerous resolutions, and co-sponsored many others during her tenure. (Disorderly Premises, Provisional Business Licenses, Landlord Training, Statute of Limitations on Parking Fines, Safety and Prevention of Chemical Disasters, Congressional Medal of Honor for the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry, Puerto Rico).
Cabrera has received many commendations, including a letter of appreciation from President William Clinton, Women of the Next Century from the YWCA, The Most Influential Hispanic in Delaware Valley Award in 2004 and 2014, Outstanding Community Outreach Award from the Latin American Community Center, Keys to the City of Wilmington, Outstanding Employee from Mayor James H. Sills, Jr., to name a few.
Maria is a motivational speaker and is asked to speak at many functions on issues of cultural competency, emerging markets, outreach strategies, healthcare solutions, and professional development.
Additional Information Maria is the «go to» person in DE, when it comes to performing outreach, and culturally competent messaging within the hard to reach communities. Primarily she is called upon to reach the Hispanic community because of her Hispanic Heritage, however, the former council member works with all diverse members of Delaware’s multicultural population. In her role as the Senior Federal Navigator for DE Navigator Agency, Chatman, LLC, she was a key team member performing major outreach into the hard to reach communities. Maria has forged strong and trusting relationships with key business, community and church leaders, as well as the local media.