Maria E. Floren
Director, Planning and Development
As a Planning and Development Associate at Charlotte Center City Partners, Maria works on various projects, programs and policies dedicated to the continued place-making and physical development of Center City. She supports the Planning and Development team on planning initiatives and implementation strategies, including those of projects along the Charlotte Rail Trail.
Maria earned her Master of Urban Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelors in Interior Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has a passion for guiding the sustainable growth of cities through advocacy for well-connected multi-modal transit infrastructure, preserving the character of existing neighborhoods, supporting the culture and diversity in that grows in cities and advocating for progressive planning policies that help create and sustain strong, inclusive communities.
Prior to joining the Center City Partners team, Maria was a designer for local architecture firm and also has municipal planning experience working as a Planning Technician for the Town of Huntersville and as an intern with the City of Charlotte Department of Transportation.
Maria grew up mostly in Charlotte, but is a native of Miami. Outside of work, Maria can be found spending time with family & friends, traveling, cooking, gardening and sometimes taking improv classes.