Maria Cleaveland, Director of Sales ~ North America for Urnex Brands, is a food and beverage professional with business development, strategic planning, finance and operations expertise. A veteran of the early specialty coffee scene, she has served as both Director of Wholesale & Licensing and Store Support for Peet’s and the Vice-President of Sales for Equator Coffees. Notably, Cleaveland managed Starbucks’ expansion into airports across the US. In her role with Urnex, she advances sales with technical acumen while advancing gender equity in her volunteer role with International Women’s Coffee Association (IWCA). Cleaveland earned her Bachelors of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.