Maria Hunter

Director, Digital Business

Maria Hunter has always had a desire for problem-solving and helping others. This affinity was evident during her time in college when an assignment led her to develop code to automate processes. With her new passion for technology, Hunter decided to pursue a career in IT.  

After her first professional role with AT&T, she went on to Southern University and Tulane Hospital and Clinic in Louisiana. Eventually, her path led to Georgia Tech, where she currently serves as the director of OIT’s Digital Business, delivering client support services and enterprise service management across the Institute. “I work through cross-departmental collaborations to identify and develop processes and services that drive IT transformation and growth and for the delivery of best-in-class, customer-focused technology services and support,” Hunter said.

Professional Insights

She acknowledges that the ever-evolving nature of IT can be an obstacle, and she and her team regularly explore new systems and information to prepare for changes in the industry. “It provides an opportunity that is equally challenging and rewarding for us.” Hunter also credits professional organizations for helping her network with others in digital business, and she cultivates connections with her peers at Tech and at fellow University System of Georgia institutions.

Maria Hunter
I believe you must be comfortable voicing your ideas in rooms where you may be the only minority in order to drive meaningful perspectives.


“I believe you must be comfortable voicing your ideas in rooms where you may be the only minority in order to drive meaningful perspectives.” She credits the inclusive environment at Georgia Tech for providing such spaces. 

Hunter also points to a common hurdle working women often face: work-life balance. She believes this is especially difficult for women in IT due to the demanding workloads that are often the norm. “I’m grateful Georgia Tech offers policies such as flexible work arrangements," she said. "I believe this has been effective at creating greater work-life balance for our employees, and especially for women employees.”

Looking Ahead

To Hunter, it is important for women to establish workplace connections. “I encourage everyone to connect with a mentor who can provide guidance and support, through Employee Resource Groups or through programs such as Leading Women@Tech and Mentor Tech. Most of all, I want women in IT to just believe in themselves. We have so much talent and expertise to offer.”

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