Esmie De Maria


Development Manager

As Development Manager, Esmie De Maria is responsible for ensuring that Namaste acquires and maintains the external resources and financial support necessary to execute its vision and mission. A woman of many hats and talents, Esmie came to Namaste in July 2017 with a versatile management background - armed with the skills necessary to successfully manage Namaste’s corporate partnerships, grant portfolios, major gifts, fundraising events, and external communications and marketing.

In addition to her role at Namaste, Esmie is also an actress, writer, poet, dancer, marathoner, and proud mother of a vibrant little boy. She prides herself on being high-achieving and attributes this to her love of processes. Whether it’s the process of learning, creating, or project planning, Esmie truly enjoys the lessons in every journey. She is thrilled to be a vital part of a team that values wellness and intelligences as much as she does.

Where would you most like to travel to and why?

Definitely New Zealand! From what I've heard, it's basically an all-in-one tourist destination offering some of the most diverse environments on earth, from beaches and rainforests to mountains, lakes, glaciers and even volcanoes, as well as a fascinating blend of cultures who mingle and thrive in a peaceful and vibrant society.

What is a mantra you strive to live by?

Master your mind to master your life.

Do you have any secret skills or hidden talents that most people don't know about?

I've choreographed dances for ensemble plays, weddings, and quinceañeras. I am exceptionally skilled with puzzles: jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, sudoku puzzles, you name it! And I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in less than 30 seconds.

What are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about seeking understanding - seeing things from others’ points of view, to see their reasons, and truly empathize. If each of us sought to truly understand one another, we would all be better individually and as community partners. Imagine all we could learn and how completely we could love.