Maria moved to the United States at the age of 7 from Guatemala. She received her Associates’ Degree in Psychology from Union County College in 2013 and received a full scholarship to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Seton Hall University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the Edward Bloustein School, Rutgers New Brunswick.
She currently works as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Assemblyman and Speaker Pro Tempore, Jerry Green and recently established her very own “Del Cid Dreamers” Scholarship with the Union County College Foundation. The scholarship is designed to help undocumented students pursue a college degree; giving them the same opportunity she had when she attended Union County College. This is the first scholarship at Union County College focused to financially aid undocumented students pursuing a higher education.
Maria is an alumna of the Rutgers NEW Leadership Program (2012), an Organizing for Action- Barack Obama 2015 fellow, Emerge New Jersey 2017 alumna, and President of the Union County Young Democrats. Maria was recently awarded the Union County Women of Excellence Award, the Hazel Frank Gluck Award from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and was recognized on InsiderNJ’s 50 under 30: The Millennial Up and Comers in New Jersey Politics.