Maria was born and raised in La Cruz De Aguilar, Romita Guanajuato. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and former farmworkers. Maria migrated to Oregon with her family, and has since considered Woodburn her second home.
Maria worked as the Deputy Campaign Manager working to elect State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon (the first Indigenous Latina to represent a district in the state of Oregon); more recently, as OPAL’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, Maria led the Oregon Just Transition Alliance, a statewide community-connecting coalition, providing members and partners access to solidarity networks and opportunities to build local power. Maria currently works as the Community Engagement Specialist at Portland Public Schools’ Office of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement to support the success of youth and families in the policy decisions that impact them everyday.