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


As associate director and senior public service faculty at the Fanning Institute, Maritza’s focus is on facilitation and training for communities and nonprofits on leadership development, nonprofit governance, diversity and cultural competency, strategic planning, organizational and program assessment, and organizational capacity building for long-term sustainability. She is certified to conduct the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a certified executive/management coach and a certified Reflective Structured Dialogue facilitator. Her clients are principally in postsecondary institutions, nonprofit organizations and the healthcare sector.

In 2017, Maritza was one of four UGA faculty selected for the SEC Academic Leadership Program. In 2022, she received the Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award for distinguished achievement in Public Service and outreach. The Hill Fellow is UGA’s highest award for public service and outreach.

Prior to joining the Fanning Institute in 2002, Maritza served as executive director of the Latin American Association, a service and advocacy organization. During her tenure, the organization grew from a small nonprofit to a large organization with a $4 million budget and 60+ employees. Additionally, she helped lead two capital campaigns, generating over $13.5 million.


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.A., University of West Florida
  • Queens College, New York

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