MAPS Welcomes Mariya Ilyas as Finance Director

MAPS is excited to announce Mariya Ilyas as the newest member of its National Board.

Mariya brings her experience in community organizing and foreign service to the role of Finance Director.

Mariya is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State currently serving as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy Amman. Previously, Mariya taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey (2015-2016) and worked as a product analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance, a fortune-100 company in Boston.

Mariya is a recipient of numerous national and international fellowships, among them the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship, The White House Internship, Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship, Mosaic Taiwan Fellowship, and Davis Projects for Peace Award. Previously, she has served with the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) in Washington D.C., the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Population Reference Bureau, and the Al-Imtiaz Academy, a school serving underprivileged students in her native Pakistan where she taught English and journalism for two consecutive summers accompanied by grants.

Mariya is an avid volunteer with the Bowdoin Alumni Office and the Fletcher Giving Office, and serves on the Executive Board of the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA), and is the Managing Editor of Charged Affairs, a foreign policy journal of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Mariya holds an MA in security studies, international business relations, and global maritime affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in mathematics and sociology from Bowdoin College. She speaks Urdu, Arabic, Turkish, and Spanish. As Finance Director, Mariya also chairs MAPS’ Finance Committee and can be reached at

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