Urban Planner & Director of Sustainability and Programs for Dallas College
Dr. Maria V. Boccalandro, is a sustainable urban planner with a master's degree in urban transportation and a Ph.D. in political science. She is the Director of Sustainability and Programs for Dallas College - Cedar Valley Campus and works in the Advancement Office. She in charge of planning, developing, coordinating and administrating the sustainability awareness projects and fundraising initiatives with internal and external stakeholders. She has been leading a multi-stakeholder sustainable economic development planning process with Yale University and Cedar Valley students, that won the Cedar Valley 2017-2018 Innovation of the Year award. This important process is to improve quality of life for the community of the region and includes key local and regional organizations.
Dr. Boccalandro has thirty years of teaching associate, bachelor and postgraduate courses in community colleges and universities in the US and Latin America, being recognized with the 2019 Excellence Teaching Award for Dallas College- Cedar Valley Campus. The Ford Foundation selected her for the 2019 DFW “Mujer Legendaria” Award. She was also selected as a finalist for the 2019 Immigrant Journey Award.
For eighteen years she was an entrepreneur, co-founding and leading an international consulting firm dedicated to support clients in strategic planning, organizational development, project management, coaching and workforce training. Dr. Boccalandro loves giving back to the community, she is serving on the Board of Groundwork Dallas. In the past she has served as a board member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Toastmasters and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.
She is the proud mother of four children. This year she celebrated her 36th wedding anniversary and is a new Grandmother. She enjoys volunteering, skiing, swimming, experiencing nature, reading and writing novels.