Maria Oah serves as Community Coordinator for Weave: the Social Fabric Project. Growing up as a daughter of immigrants, she witnessed the effects of disconnection within her circle of family and friends and grew a deep desire to cultivate communities where all who might feel like an outsider can feel seen, welcomed, and loved. At the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, she studied neuroscience to understand people better and developed an interest in public health. In 2018, she was awarded the Acara Innovation Fellowship and co-founded Educowtion, a community-led nutritional program in northern Uganda that continues to support school children today. Shortly after, she interned at an interfaith organization and a local church, where she saw the power that community relationships play in promoting economic mobility and community trust. When she’s not connecting with weavers, Maria likes to spend her time writing letters, enjoying the sunshine, and going on adventures.