Maria collaborates with program staff to create and implement communications strategies for the Foundation’s work on Criminal Justice and Nuclear Challenges.
Maria joined the Foundation after seven years at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, an organization dedicated to developing smart public policies that fight poverty and strengthen safety net programs. At the Center, Maria helped coordinate and advance the organization’s network of state affiliates, the State Priorities Partnership. She led efforts to communicate the network’s impact and worked closely with member organizations to strengthen their communications strategy and messaging. Before joining the Center, Maria spent six years working on Capitol Hill in the communications offices of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia.