Maria cultivates just and sustainable initiatives for people and the planet. Through environmental advocacy and communication, she engages with diverse stakeholders and promotes place-based understanding of, and solutions to, complex environmental challenges.
As a strategy consultant, Maria supports philanthropies and nonprofits develop long-term planning in the environmental and social sectors. She served a Stanford fellowship with Conservation International on community-informed watershed conservation in Mexico City. 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: 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 on radio stations internationally and she has shared her voice through music and storytelling with large and small audiences.
Maria is from central Missouri. She attended Conserve School, a specialized high school focused on 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 her resume below
2013 - 2017
B.S. Environmental Systems Engineering
with a focus in Urban Environments
Notation in Scientific Communication
Redstone Strategy Group
October 2018 - Present
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
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