Maria grew up in White Center and has always been very involved in projects like community cleanups and tutoring. Maria is also a sports enthusiast. She played soccer in high school and ran cross country at Highline College. She also managed the Seattle University cross country and track & field teams. Most recently, Maria worked in the hospitality industry, where she learned many skills from working with the public. She also completed the translation and interpretation program at Bellevue College. During her free time, she likes to play soccer, hike and spend time with her two dogs, Biggie and Goldie.