Maria has spent most of her career in civil rights, human resources counseling, and employment law. She has extensive experience developing, and implementing programming and policy focused on fair employment practices, equity in compensation and diversity and inclusion, through her work with health care organizations, colleges and universities, and other organizations.

Maria worked as Staff Counsel for Health Midwest where she was responsible for all aspects of employment law for a 13-hospital system. She has expertise guiding and leading organizational leadership teams in employment matters in corporations, non-profit organizations, government, healthcare, and education. She has led organizations in transformational work through change management, policy review and development, process development, strategic planning, and programming.