Co-Founder and Executive Director
Maria Hibbs has extensive experience in the corporate, philanthropic and non-profit sectors, including senior leadership in Fortune 500 firms and innovative social-change initiatives.
She became Executive Director of CLX upon its founding. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust since 2014. The Fund merged with the Hive Chicago Learning Network, an initiative of the Mozilla Foundation, in 2017 to form CLX.
Before her work with the Fund, Maria led The Partnership for New Communities, a coalition of business, civic, and philanthropic CEOs, for almost a decade. Also housed at the Trust, The Partnership encouraged civic leaders to bring their thought leadership, passion, and financial resources to Chicago’s sweeping plan to transform public housing.
Maria’s corporate experience includes four years at energy distribution and transmission company NiSource Inc. as Vice President, Corporate Communications, and 13 years at Inland Steel Industries where her final post was Director of Public and Governmental Affairs.
Maria holds a B.A. in Journalism and English from Valparaiso University, an M.A. in Journalism from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.