Maria E. Garay-Serratos, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Experienced nonprofit executive and nationally recognized domestic violence expert.

Dr. Garay-Serratos’ career is a product of extensive academic training, hands-on experience with at-risk children and domestic violence victims, and a heroic struggle to overcome violence in her family. Dr.Garay-Serratos’ passion for understanding the roots of domestic violence and for pursuing innovative methods to prevent it inspired her to become a leader in the domestic violence field. Most recently, Dr. Garay-Serratos served as the CEO of Sojourner Center, a Phoenix-based organization committed to creating a world free from domestic violence. Prior to joining Sojourner Center, Dr. Garay-Serratos served in executive leadership positions with The Salvation Army's Southern California Social Services Division, Para Los Niños and the John Tracy Clinic, all located in Los Angeles. She specializes in the human services fields of domestic violence, housing programs (emergency shelters, community-based supportive housing, and permanent housing), HIV/AIDS, early childhood education, foster care, family services, homelessness, hearing impairment, mental health, and residential substance abuse treatment services. Dr. Garay-Serratos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Pitzer College (Claremont, CA), a Masters of Social Work and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work. Since 1996 she has held teaching positions at USC, and served as supervisor and mentor for the USC Masters of Social Work Internship Program. The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Garay-Serratos about the relationship between domestic violence and traumatic brain injury. She has appeared on television for CBS 5 and ABC 15 in Phoenix and has been interviewed for articles in the Arizona Republic and The Huffington Post.