Maria Hadden

An Ohio native, Maria Hadden now lives in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood but considers herself a global citizen. She earned her B.A. in International Peace and Conflict Studies from The Ohio State University and her Master’s degree at DePaul University in their School of Public Service. An AmeriCorps*VISTA alum, Maria is also a Mediator and Mediation trainer. She became involved in Participatory Budgeting as a volunteer community representative during the first cycle in Chicago’s 49th Ward. She continues to work with PB in the 49th Ward and joined the Participatory Budgeting Project to bring the process to even more locations in the United States and beyond.

Porto Alegre

How to start Participatory Budgeting in your city

In 1989, the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre developed a new model of democratic participation, which has become known internationally as participatory budgeting (PB). Through this process, community members directly decide how to spend a portion of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay taxes (all of us) decide how they get spent.

July 9, 2024