Maria cultivates just and sustainable initiatives for people and the planet.
As a social sector consultant, Maria has supported philanthropies and nonprofits develop robust, thoughtful, and dynamic strategies and projects to address critical issues in conservation, educational equity, climate, and community engagement. Formerly, she served a Stanford fellowship with Conservation International on community-informed watershed conservation between Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. Her work on social and environmental issues has led her across the U.S. and around the world – from gathering public commentary on Cap & Trade Grant programs in California, to supporting rural solar energy in Nicaragua, and researching program feasibility for sustainable cities in New Delhi. She actively participated in, and conducted research at, two United Nations Climate Change Conferences at COP21 in Paris and COP24 in Katowice.
Music and creative endeavors have been a part of all her journeys. Two of Maria's audio documentaries have aired internationally and she has shared her voice through music and storytelling with large and small audiences around the world.
Maria is from central Missouri. She attended Conserve School, a boarding school dedicated to Environmental Stewardship, and the Woolman Semester School for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and a Notation in Scientific Communication.
See a snapshot of her resume below
2013 - 2017
B.S. Environmental Systems Engineering
with a focus in Urban Environments
Notation in Scientific Communication
Redstone Strategy Group
2018 - 2020
Water & Cities Fellow
Mexico City, Mexico
2017 - 2018
Smart Cities Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
New Delhi, India
Solar Power Community Liaison
Environmental Policy Intern
The Strategic Growth Council
The Green Schools Alliance
2013 - 2014
Rob Williams Award for Emerging
Environment and Public Policy Leaders
Recipient - Association for Conflict Resolution
Stanford Award of Excellence
Udall Environmental Scholarship
Stanford Women of Impact
Introductory Seminar Award of Excellence
Environmental Literacy Class Recognition
American Civil Liberties Award
Central Missouri Recipient