After Maria earned her Bachelor of Science degree all she wanted to do was travel. She started work in environmental education and trail restoration with both The Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps. She moved to Oregon after accepting a job with Northwest Youth Corps, where she worked until she had her daughter. Shortly after, her job search lead her to Youth ERA. In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with her daughter and is passionate about exposing her to the outdoors as much as possible.