PSRS/PEERS Management Team


Maria Cauwenbergh Walden

Director, Legislation and Policy

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Maria joined PSRS/PEERS in 2007. She currently serves as Director of Legislation and Policy and is responsible for the planning and coordination of state and federal legislative matters relating to the Systems. Additionally, she plans and coordinates the policy development of the Systems, working with the Executive Director and staff to establish policy directives. Maria has over 23 years of legislative experience.

She began her career working with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration as their legislative liaison in 1994. She drafted and passed many bills that that impacted all lines of insurance, including health maintenance organizations, life insurance, property and casualty insurance. In 2006, she was hired by the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association as their Deputy Director. She was responsible not only for their legislative agenda, but also was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Association and its education programs.

Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the Benedictine College. She later received her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in human resources from William Woods University.