Can I just be Basic? feat. Maria Dautruche

Can I just be Basic? feat. Maria Dautruche

Update: 2021-04-15


Hey Fab Crew,

In this episode, Kishshana sits down with longtime friend and amazing spirit, Maria Smith Dautruche to discuss the idea of just "being basic" as a Black woman.   

Listen friends, this episode will have you laughing so hard your sides will hurt. 

Be sure to stick around until the end for this weeks Kish Tip (Vitamin K) for the week!!!

Maria's Bio

Married to Minister Lopez-Joel Dautruche, and mommy to Imena, Maria Smith Dautruche spends her time healing, cultivating, connecting, and agitating. 

Maria has been a professional frontline fundraiser for more than 15 years.  She is a member of the recently launched The Rooted Collaborative™ - a global community focused on the holistic evolution and advancement of female leaders of color in the social impact sector. She is currently a Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the National Urban League after more than 5 years as Vice President in the Partnerships & Advancement Office of the historic civil rights organization. In addition to raising $51 million during her time as a Vice President at NUL, Maria played a critical role in shaping the organization’s current racial equity partnerships.  Prior to this role, Maria was Assistant Director of Foundation Relations in the Central Office of the Smithsonian Institution during the organization’s history-making $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign.  

Maria is also a proud co-founder of New Voices for Reproductive Justice – a powerful organizing force for the health and well-being of Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color at the local, state (PA and OH) and national level.

Maria is from Mount Vernon, NY where she is a member of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus and Community Voices Heard. Maria is an Elias Foundation Activist Fellow and led the organization of Westchester County’s first observance of National Day of Racial Healing on January 19, 2021.

Best known for: 

Profound jokes.

Honest observations.

Raising the monies.

Keeping it real.

Former shape-shifter and code-switcher.

I am also an exceptional friend.


Social Handle: @MariaDautruche









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Can I just be Basic? feat. Maria Dautruche

Can I just be Basic? feat. Maria Dautruche

Kishshana Palmer