Maria Schlafly joined EMD Consulting in 2021 with over 20 years of nonprofit experience in the performing arts, higher education, and social service sectors. She is the executive director of the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation, a national organization that supports young professional opera singers. Previously she held fundraising and administrative roles at Washington University, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Santa Fe Opera, with responsibilities for managing capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving, communications, board governance, operations, and strategic planning. Maria serves on the development committee of the YWCA.
As a consultant, Maria focuses on fundraising strategy, organizational planning, development communications, and board and executive support.