Since 2011, Maria Castañón Moats has served as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). In addition, effective November 2015 Maria became the East Region Assurance Leader. Maria joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2004.
In 2009, Maria began a two-year tour in PwC’s National Professional Services Group in Florham Park, New Jersey. Prior to her two-year tour in NPSG, she served as the engagement leader on several large Fortune 500 Retail & Consumer (R&C) companies and multinational Industrial Products clients in Dallas.
Maria is responsible for overseeing the firm's diversity strategy. PwC’s diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives have received high rankings and awards from DiversityInc magazine, Working Mother magazine, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the US Business Leadership Network, among others. In addition to her role as the CDO, Maria is the engagement leader on an R&C client based in the Northeast.
Maria is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and is a licensed CPA in Texas, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Maria is a first-generation Mexican American and speaks Spanish fluently. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.