General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Maria Barton joined Pact from the consulting world, where she skillfully served a variety of global nonprofits, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Center for Reproductive Rights. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a JD from Yale, Maria spent more than 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. She went on to hold various prominent investigative roles, directing teams of lawyers, investigators and analysts in far-reaching inquiries. Following a personal passion to get involved in the global development world, she took on the role of legal counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee for the United Nations Oil for Food Program. She then served on the Independent Committee for the World Bank Anti-Corruption Program, and later was named a court-appointed monitor of KPMG following their deferred prosecution agreement in 2005. Maria was highlighted in 2015 as one of the world’s 100 Remarkable Women in Investigations by the Global Investigations Review.