Dr. Maria Ilcheva is a Research Professor and the Associate Director of Planning and Operations of the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center. She serves as subject matter expert in data analytics and behavioral research. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked on various economic development, social and behavioral projects, which examine quality of life issues through community indicators such as education, transportation, economic opportunity and resilience. Most of the projects she leads include comprehensive data analysis and community engagement. Since 2006, she has completed over 100 research projects with a public opinion component, for public, private, and nonprofit organizations, on a variety of topics surveying resident adults, youth, nonprofit organizations, and owners of small businesses. In addition to quantitative data collection via surveys, Dr. Ilcheva has administered focus groups and interviews for the collection of qualitative information. Dr. Ilcheva also has experience in economic development, strategic planning, and housing studies.
Dr. Ilcheva leads the Census Information Center at the Metropolitan Center, one of 59 such centers established by the U.S. Census Bureau for the dissemination of information and data produced by the Census Bureau to underserved communities.
Dr. Ilcheva is an instructor at FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs specializing in Russian politics, European politics, comparative politics, international relations, and research methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from Florida International University.