Mariah Balaban

Mariah Balaban is the Grants and Planning Director at Free Write Arts & Literacy in Chicago. After working for 10 years in corporate media, she changed careers to work in a New York City foster care agency as a Program Evaluation Specialist and a caseworker before moving to Chicago, where she earned an MSW at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Mariah is a native New Yorker and a lover of Chinese food, cats, karaoke, and film.