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Maria grew up outside of Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia. She attended James Madison University from 2009-2012, graduating with her B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications. In college, she worked as a lumberjack on a chainsaw crew in Colorado, interned with The New Press publishing house in New York City, and held a part-time job at JMU’s disability services office.
After graduation, Maria began her career as a technical editor at a for-profit company which ensures that its clients’ websites are accessible to customers with disabilities. Additionally, Maria built a side business as a freelance editor and author, especially focusing on tabletop and live-action games.
With four years’ experience in the private sector, Maria attended graduate school to complete an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University of Ohio in 2018. Now a career coach, Maria uses her experience to connect students and alumni of The Media School to opportunities in film and television production, advertising, marketing, public relations, journalism, sports media, and gaming.
As a queer, disabled career coach, Maria is dedicated to working with people for whom it may be challenging to see themselves in traditional careers, whether because of their creative aspirations or their experiences of marginalization.
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