Dr. Maria Rendon
Director of the McHenry Fellows Program
Dr. Maria Rendon is Director of the Donald F. McHenry Global Public Service Fellows Program.
A retired senior USAID Foreign Service Officer who served in China, Egypt, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Eastern Europe, Dr. Rendon is an academic practitioner, experienced at achieving multi-stakeholder solutions to global problems. Specialized in democracy/governance, civilian-military cooperation, and humanitarian aid, she is passionate and skilled at bringing disparate and sometimes mutually exclusive viewpoints and theories together for a common results-oriented purpose.
Most recently a faculty member at the Marine Corps University, Dr. Rendon has been associated with the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) program at UC-Berkeley and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. As an active member of the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) community, she believes in the inexhaustible power of imagination and creativity. Bilingual in Spanish and English, born in Guatemala, Dr. Rendon values life-long learning, systems design, and innovation. As the Director of the McHenry Global Public Service Fellows Program, she will engage with students and the broader Georgetown University community to conceptualize and resolve current and yet unknown global challenges. Able to step outside the present moment and push the boundaries of the possible, Dr. Rendon gains tremendous professional satisfaction and continues to learn by collaborating with others aspiring to leave the world a better place.