Maria Alvarez is Partner Director of Shared Engineering Services in the Artificial Intelligence and Research Division at Microsoft. She is responsible for a team that supports Bing, Cortana, Ads and consumer mobile applications. Her team provides engineering tools for security, privacy, accessibility, compliance, capacity, design, user research and content. Additionally, Maria is the executive sponsor for a diversity and inclusion (D&I) team driving strategic initiatives across a 2,500-person organization. She believes in the value of D&I and is a strong advocate for building a diverse work force and an inclusive culture.
Maria is a technical leader with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2011, she was promoted through positions at Symantec, HP, CoCreate Software, and Yahoo! She also served as CTO of Panda Security in Spain. Maria has a B.S. in Information Systems and a M.S. in CS from California State Polytechnic University.