Maria Laura Acebal is part of the Leadership Group at Ashoka, heading up the Youth Years work for North America. She has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector both in executive and governance roles. She founded [email protected] Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to food allergy safety, and then became CEO of the country's largest nonprofit organization, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. She serves on several nonprofit boards and has worked as a consultant on a broad range of issues, from board development to fundraising to program strategy. Prior, Maria worked for McKinsey & Company as a strategic business consultant and for Williams & Connolly as a litigation attorney. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University.