Maria Palumbo is a leader of lasting South Australian social policy reform and innovation for almost 20 years.
Appointed CEO of Junction in April 2017, she was previously Director of Housing Strategy at Renewal SA where she oversaw the largest transfer of social housing from the SA Housing Trust to community housing.
Prior to this, Maria was CEO of Common Ground Adelaide and held key executive positions in the State’s public sector where she initiated and implemented homelessness reforms across the State, as well as strategy, funding and regulation of community and affordable housing during a period of unprecedented investment and growth. She was also Executive Manager at UnitingCare Wesley, Country.
Maria, is a Director on the Board of Foodbank SA, a former Director of the Homestart Board and was Chair of the Community Housing Council of SA for several years.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance from Flinders University.