Maria Madison is the co-founder and president of a historic site commemorating the legacy of a previously enslaved revolutionary war veteran in Concord, Massachusetts. Her background includes training and decades of experience in domestic, global health and clinical research. She has a doctorate in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and she has lived in Africa for over five years. Madison’s career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (previously known as Zaire), where she learned and applied various research methods, including community epidemiology in resource-constrained settings. She worked in Cameroon for two years, while working toward her ScD in Population and International Health. Madison’s dissertation focused on the morbidity of HIV/AIDS in West Africa, particularly focusing on Abidjan, Ouagadougou, and Dakar.