Background

Maria joined Redstone after serving a yearlong Stanford University fellowship with Conservation International between Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil working on watershed conservation, strategic program development, and stakeholder engagement. Through the organization’s Water & Cities Alliance she supported partnerships between regional programs and communications on the natural systems that provide water to more than 45 million people between Mexico City, Bogotá, and Rio de Janeiro.

At Stanford University, Maria studied urban sustainability, environmental policy, and scientific communication. She applied her coursework in the field on small-grid solar energy in rural Nicaragua, smart cities programs in New Delhi, and Cap & Trade grant programs in California. While studying, she initiated and taught an undergraduate course on environmental justice and participated in a Stanford delegation to the COP21 Paris Climate Conference. A passionate musician, Maria directed Stanford Talisman, a world music choir dedicated to sharing stories through song.

Maria enjoys hiking in the mountains, baking, and singing. She is originally from Missouri and speaks Spanish.

Education

Stanford University, B.S. Environmental Systems Engineering with a focus on Urban Environments, Notation in Scientific Communication