Maria J. Gehl, MSW, is Director of Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting (PATH) at ZERO TO THREE.
Maria is deeply committed to and passionate about supporting relationships, especially the earliest ones, with a spirit of nurturing and inquiry. In her current role, she does this through directing the training and technical assistance center for Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) and Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI) grantees. She leads a team whose work is to support grantees implement evidence-based and promising home visiting programs and coordinate early childhood services in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Maria is a Social Service professional with over 25 years experience working across a variety of disciplines including home visiting, early childhood education, and child abuse prevention. Her areas of focus include program implementation in diverse communities, continuous quality improvement, and strategic investment in human services. Prior to joining ZTT in 2011, Maria developed extensive experience consulting, coaching and training on CQI, evidence-based program implementation and early childhood system development and coordination in Washington State. Her efforts were instrumental in securing dedicated state funding for evidence-based home visitation in Washington. Maria’s work demonstrates a value for collaborative process, continuous learning and sustainable system development. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Hamilton College.