Maria Sharp is a creative entrepreneur with a heart for small businesses and Cleveland. After years of running her own photography business, working and connecting with the community, she felt more tied to Cleveland than ever. Maria became captivated by learning peoples’ stories, listening to how they became successful, the challenges they had to overcome, and the most important lessons they’d learn from their failures. Maria ran with this passion when she started her path working in community development at Ohio City Incorporated and at Tremont West Development Corporation as an Americorps VISTA Member. When she discovered all that NEOHCED was doing for the Latinx community, Maria jumped at the opportunity to continue her journey with the community. She is inspired by the work we are doing and is proud to be a part of the team. Maria earned her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in Photographic Illustration.