Team Kivvit

Maria Chicuen
Maria Chicuen Senior Associate Miami

Maria Chicuen

María Cristina specializes in issue advocacy, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Kivvit, María Cristina served as the Public Affairs Manager with Transit Alliance Miami. While at Transit Alliance, she was part of the team that led the redesign of the Miami-Dade County bus system. In this capacity, she oversaw all communications with elected officials across Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, and the City of Miami, and managed a coalition of businesses, private foundations, and community groups advocating for a better transit system.

Additionally, María Cristina was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center, where she worked on anti-hunger and anti-poverty issues with the Illinois Hunger Coalition in Chicago and the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C. As a fellow, she researched the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), specifically as it related to federal work requirements through the Employment and Training (E&T) program. She also provided research assistance in the areas of affordable housing, federal jobs guarantee, fair immigration reform, and criminal justice, among other topics.

María Cristina has a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in Sustainable Food System Development from Stanford University. Originally from Havana, Cuba, she now resides in Miami Beach with her partner, and can be found playing all sorts of racket sports and listening to pop culture podcasts.