Before coming to MPS, Maria served as a political appointee in President Obama’s Administration. She started out at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel.
From there she went on to work in a variety of positions at the U.S. Department of State. As Deputy White House Liaison, she supported the Secretary’s leadership, helping manage the relationships of all political appointees. In the office of Commercial and Business Affairs, Maria provided strategic planning support to the Special Representative. She also served as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, where she represented U.S. interests on a multilateral stage.
Maria started her professional career as a Geometry teacher with Teach for America in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and is admitted to the Texas Bar. She also holds a B.B.A. in Finance and B.A. in French from the University of Texas at Austin.