Maria Gordon is a board executive, a philanthropist and a mother of two. She started her career as a journalist for the Washington Post in Moscow and later studied in the United States; gaining a BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin and MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Maria spent the next 16 years of her career working in finance, first at Goldman Sachs where she was a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division in charge of overseeing USD 10bn in client portfolios and most recently at PIMCO where she led the emerging markets portfolio management team. She moved to a portfolio career of non-executive board roles in 2014 and currently serves as an independent director of Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond mining company, Moscow Stock Exchange and Polyus Gold. Her portfolio of non-profit roles includes being a member of the Board of Advisors for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA, and a trustee of the Girls Day School Trust, UK’s largest network of private girls-only schools.
Maria dedicates her free time to her passionate pursuit of alpinism. In October 2015, she embarked on a journey to set a women’s world record in Explorers Grand Slam, an endurance challenge that features climbing highest peaks on every continent, including Everest and skiing to the North and South Poles. On 11 June 2016 she set a new Guinness record at 7 months and 19 days. She has since climbed Makalu and Lhotse, world’s 3rd and 5th highest peaks, among many others. Maria is a founder of GRIT&ROCK, a charity that administers a largest pool of expedition grants focused exclusively on women.