Maritza Soto Keen, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Senior Public Service Associate
Nonprofit Leadership Development
(706) 583-0122

Current Position

Maritza Soto Keen works in the area of nonprofit leadership with a focus on board development, strategic planning, and program evaluation. With almost 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and multicultural community engagement, Keen is an expert on board roles and responsibilities, diversity and cultural competence, and program evaluation.

Current Activities and Expertise

For the last 12 years, Keen has served as the lead faculty on projects for nonprofit clients including the Georgia Forestry Association, Girls Inc., Georgia Afterschool Investment Council, the Georgia Department of Education, Camp Best Friends, Georgians for a Healthy Future, and the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children. She has led, developed, and facilitated workshops on board governance, diversity, communication with Latino families, cultural competence. She facilitates the Meyers Briggs instrument, and leads community engagement workshops. She has led on asset mapping projects and community assessments.

Previous Experience

  • Executive Director Latin American Association (1984-2002)
  • Chief Therapist, Comprehensive Care Corporation (1980-1984)


  • 1978, B.A. Queens College (City University of New York), Flushing, New York
  • 1979, M.A., University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
  • 2013, Ph.D., Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia


  • 2012, University of Georgia’s Walter Barnard Hill Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement in public service and outreach by UGA faculty and service professionals
  • 2011-2012, Service Learning Fellow, Office of Service Learning, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.
  • 2004, Outstanding Community Service, Latin American Association
  • 2003, Community Service Award, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 2002, Leadership Award, Wise Women Speak Foundation
  • 2002, Special Recognition Award, The Coca-Cola Company
  • 2001, Inaugural Class of Diversity Leadership Academy, The Coca-Cola Company
  • 1997, Pioneer Award: Housing and Community Development, National Puerto Rican Coalition
  • 1996, Torch Bearer, 1996 Olympics Atlanta
  • 1993, Women Who Make a Difference Award, International Women’s Forum
  • 1992, Academy of Women Achievers, YMCA
  • 1990, Outstanding Young Atlantan


  • Georgia Center for Nonprofits
  • Georgia Power’s Corporate Diversity Council. Appointed to council, one of 10 academic, community, and business leaders. 2006 – present.
  • Wachovia’s Diversity Advisory Council. 2002 – 04.
  • National Board Member, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. 2002 – 04.
  • Search Committee, (4 members), Police Chief, City of Atlanta. 2003.
  • Search Committee, (4 members) Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta. 2002.