Maria Wilson Holmes, of Belleville, MI, is the Director of Community Impact of the Comcast Heartland Region and has been an employee in the cable industry for over 35 years in three career fields; video production, government affairs, and corporate social responsibility.
Having earned a BA in Communications from Eastern Michigan University, Maria began with managing two cable television studios and worked in community relations for more than 15 years where she covered historic events such as the President and Pope visits to metro-Detroit communities. As a government affairs manager for more than 10 years, Maria negotiated contracts, facilitated compliance tracking and representing Comcast to more than 50 local government agencies.
Maria currently oversees community impact programs such as national and local outreach initiatives, employee engagement and giving programs. Maria and her team work diligently with hundreds of non-profit organizations to cultivate, facilitate, and monitor relationships as well as create, develop, expedite and track programs and sponsorships. Maria also administers Comcast Foundation grants for the region.
Maria has been a member of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Great Lakes Chapter for more than 25 years having served as Vice President, President as well as the chair of many committees. Currently, Maria serves on the Past Presidents Council, a group of GL WICT Past Presidents that support the organization with succession planning, by-law revisions and other project that can benefit from extended experience. Maria serves on several other boards and committees including Washtenaw Literacy, Habitat for Humanity of Macomb County and the Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). She has formerly served on the board or committees of Plymouth Community Way, United Way of Washtenaw County, Washtenaw and Livingston County Economic Clubs, Livingston Diversity Council and Plymouth Business and Professional Women and many others. Maria is an appointee of Governor Snyder serving on the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) and she is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD). She has served as an executive board member and president for numerous organizations over the years. Maria has been professionally recognized with various awards including ATHENA, Carla Laufer (WICT), Know Your Value and numerous video production and industry awards. Her leadership has resulted in several company awards and recognitions as well. Maria is valued by her co-works and is sought out for her experience and counsel.
Maria and her husband, King S. Holmes, Jr., of over 40 years are parents of three adult children; Karissa, a Senior Counsel and Portfolio Strategist at Rock Ventures LLC and Co-Founder/ CEO of Out of D Box; Andre’ (wife, Megan/HS Spanish Teacher) an architectural project manager at the University of Michigan and Matthew, a 3-D artist at 3DExcite in Royal Oak, MI. In January of 2017, Maria and Solomon welcomed their first granddaughter, Charlotte Lucille. Maria and her husband are deacons at Abundant Harvest Church of Belleville where they serve together in ministry on the finance, compassion and administration teams. Maria also works closely with the Youth Ministry Team. Maria is passionate about serving others. Maria is inspired by her parents who taught her service above self; she is determined to do the same – to leave a legacy of honor, care, compassion and excellence in leadership.