Maria Pinkelton is the public relations director for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) and has 22 years of experience in inclusion, communications, and public relations. In her role at GCDD, she manages the organization’s digital media, its statewide storytelling project, and organizational diversity, intersectionality, and inclusion initiatives. Before joining GCDD she worked as the communications manager for the information technology division of the Cox Media Group where she translated complex technical concepts into easy-to-understand language for their internal audiences.
Maria is a member of the 2018 Georgetown Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence cohort, the 2021 Association of University Centers on Disabilities Leadership Academy cohort, and holds a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida’s Muma School of Business. In her spare time, she serves on the board of the Decatur Education Foundation and has been appointed to several city and county-based committees addressing the need for racial, age, and socioeconomic diversity in both communities and housing.