A Los Angeles native, Maria is a first-generation college graduate that holds a B.A. in global and international studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Maria also holds a masters in intercultural and international communication from American University, where she was elected as the vice president of communication for the graduate student government to represent the more than 3,500 graduate students.
Maria is a Senior Account Executive at Spitfire Strategies, a public interest public relations firm. She works to connect clients with the strategies and tools to advance their progressive goals.
“I wanted to get involved with the Esperanza Fund because as a first-generation college and masters graduate, I wanted the opportunity to be able to support other first gen students so that they can achieve their full potential. “