Maria Barrera


Stanford grad, Nearpod alum, Clayful founder. As someone who turned adversity into strength, she's battling the mental health crisis with accessible resources.


Maria Barrera is a Stanford-educated engineer and founder & CEO of Clayful. She is committed to addressing the youth mental health crisis. Born in Colombia and understanding the pressures of adversity, she leverages her experience from her pioneering role on Nearpod's founding team to create impactful solutions in education.

Through her tireless research and collaboration with a diverse team of experts, Maria developed Clayful, offering accessible, preventative mental health resources to families of all socio-economic statuses. 

Her dedication to training a diverse mental health workforce and establishing partnerships with schools has already impacted thousands of students across the country.