• Dr. Maria Ilcheva, Assistant Director of Planning and Operations is the Assistant 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. Some of her recent research projects include the 2020 Miami-Dade County Community Needs Assessment, the Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Sector in Miami-Dade County, Make It Miami Manufacturing Report, Small Business, Big Impact, and the Miami-Dade Status of Women reports.

    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.

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  • Data Analytics; Behavioral research

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  • Maria Ilcheva


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