Maritza T. Adonis, J.D., MCIArb
EVP, Policy, Advocacy, & Government Affairs
Maritza T. Adonis, J.D., MCIArb, is the EVP, Policy, Advocacy, & Government Affairs for the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), entrusted to develop and implement the organization’s sustainable business and investor-focused legislative, regulatory, and advocacy strategies with ASBN Co Founders, CEO Jeffrey Hollender and President David Levine. Maritza is a Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Executive, Economic and Social Justice Advocate, Diplomacy, Diversity, and Political Thought Leader, and International Arbitration Professional. Maritza brings over 15 years of experience planning and leading local, state, federal, and international comprehensive advocacy programs, liaising with community, corporate, and government stakeholders, the United States Congress, Executive Branch Agencies, and the White House on behalf of international nonprofits, corporations, trade associations, and educational institutions.
Prior to ASBN, she served as Director of Political and Governmental Relations for a global nonprofit; consulted as Senior Policy and Political Strategist for several trade organizations, worked as Legislative Fellow on Capitol Hill, and resolved international and commercial investment disputes at an international business law firm under SIAC, VIAC, and ICC jurisdictions. In these diverse legal, policy, and advocacy roles, Maritza assisted with the protection of investment in Eastern Europe under bilateral and multilateral investment promotion and protection treaties, offered advice and training on how to influence the applicable laws, facilitated the introduction of bi-partisan legislation, executed congressional hearings and briefings, coordinated Advocacy Day/fly-Ins, drafted regulatory comments and policy briefs, managed national grassroots and statewide coalitions, and expanded an organization’s political reach to over 2,000 senior-level contacts on Capitol Hill. Maritza’s advocacy portfolio included policy issues on civil rights and liberties, urban affairs, health, cybersecurity, foreign affairs, government oversight, environment, judiciary, trade, economic development, homeland security, immigration, financial services, education, budget, and tax (specifically the Child Tax Credit provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Maritza executed political education briefings in partnership with senior-level political, corporate, and government stakeholders in Washington D.C. and at the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Beyond managing policy and advocacy campaigns and executing political education briefings, Maritza advances diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and CSR initiatives on topics such as: social entrepreneurship, food insecurity, corporate environmental philanthropy, equitable procurement for Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprises, and DEI in the medical, legal, international arbitration, diplomacy, and national security profession. Maritza has also led DEI training as Acting Director of Professional Development at MTA Visions Center for Advocacy, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (MTA-CALE) “DEI In Action (DIA) for executives, corporations, and organizations committed to using their platform to eradicate social injustice. The DIA program was later converted into two courses on “Racial Equity, CSR, and DEI” and “CSR in Public Policy” in Maritza’s capacity as faculty at John Hopkins University in partnership with the Institute for CSR, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center.
As an economic and social justice advocate, Maritza continues to address the racial wealth gap on a local, national, and global level. On a local level, Maritza drafted the fastest growing county’s first Business Investment Policy in consultation with the County Manager, County Commissioners, Chamber of Commerce, and the State’s Economic Development Agency. Maritza also served as general counsel to underserved nonprofit corporations, community-based organizations and enterprises consulting on issues related to corporate formation, governance, intellectual property, global market entry, tax, land use, rezoning, and public-private partnerships. On a national level, Maritza designed content and facilitated programming at Columbia university’s Roosevelt Institute, USPTO’s National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo, and Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit. Globally, Maritza deployed campaigns on police and social responsibility, youth disability in education, subnational diplomacy, and age, ethnic, and gender inclusion in public and private sectors. Maritza was also nominated as U.S. Delegate for the first people-to-people economic diplomacy mission between the U.S. and China where she explored economic opportunities between the two countries and planted the Asoka tree in Shenzhen City, alongside U.S. and China Diplomats, as a symbol of U.S.-China unity and renewed agreement to engage in fair trade.
When Maritza is not working in government affairs strategies or advising she can be found engaging in civic and philanthropic activities. Particularly, Maritza enjoys engaging in performing arts, playing volleyball, mentoring aspiring legal and national security professionals, speaking to corporate and youth audiences, expanding Youth Leading Now across the globe through her nonprofit (Powered by MTA Visions), and working towards her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with research focus on the social responsibility of political, business, and government leaders. Maritza also served in leadership capacities with the Public Diplomacy Council as an Advocacy Community Envoy; Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation as Founder and Senior Advisor to the Global Advocacy and Diplomacy working group; and the American Bar Association (ABA) as Vice Chair of Policy for the Latin American and the Caribbean and International Trade Committees, and as Diversity Officer for the International and Business Law sections.
Maritza has received numerous awards for leadership, law, and entrepreneurship to include but not limited to: the 2021 CSIS U.S. National Security and Foreign Affairs Leader Award, CSL Rising Star, CSL Ambassador, ABA Silver Key, and in 2017, the 30 under 30 Chamber of Commerce recognition. In February 2022, Maritza was nominated for the inaugural Center for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London School of Law’s (QMUL) alumni Community Impact Award. Maritza earned her B.A. in Sociology with studies in Political Science, Social Work, and Health, Medicine, and Human Values from North Carolina State University, and holds a J.D. with concentrations in International Business, Community Economic Development, and Global Arbitration Law and Practice from CSL and QMUL. Additionally, Maritza obtained Certificates in Women’s Entrepreneurship and Professional Corporate Social Responsibility from Cornell and John Hopkins universities respectively. Maritza has been cited in Politico advocating for transparent diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China; the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics’ appeal to safely re-open Capitol Hill to American constituents post President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union Address; and in Pensions and Investments on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s duty to establish regulations for ESG disclosure.