Maria Pica Karp

Vice President and General Manager – Government Affairs @ Chevron

Maria Pica Karp, Member, Meridian Board of Trustees

Maria Pica Karp is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Government Affairs for Chevron. Maria manages federal, international, state government, legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as oversees the company’s political contributions and compliance programs.

Before assuming this role, Maria served as the public and government affairs General Manager for Chevron’s global upstream operations, where she supported the Vice Chairman. Among Maria’s responsibilities, her portfolio included strategic planning for upstream public and government affairs, issues and crisis management, and organizational capability. Maria joined Chevron’s upstream organization as the public and government affairs Manager for Asia Pacific exploration and production. In this role, Maria was responsible for public and government affairs in nine countries where Chevron has operations or investments in the region.

Previously, Maria served as the Manager for Global Issues and Policy at Chevron. In this capacity, she managed the development of Chevron’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report; led the development Chevron’s Human Rights policy; and engaged with a wide range of external stakeholders. Her team was also responsible for tracking geopolitical and socioeconomic trends.

Prior to joining Chevron, Maria was a Director at the National Security Council where she worked on democracy, human rights and international justice issues. She was a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Democracy Human Rights and Labor during both the Clinton and Bush administrations. While at the State Department, Maria served on several U.S. delegations to United Nations commissions. Maria began her government career in the U.S. House of Representatives where she served as the Deputy Counsel on the International Relations Committee, working for the Honorable Lee Hamilton.

Maria received her law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. She is married to Richard Karp, who works for Chevron in Business Development.