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Prior to joining NHMC, Maria worked throughout her community to help disadvantaged youth through programs such as Valley Kids Care in which she mentored elementary school students in an after school program. She was also a member of the Grant Advisory Board for Youth that helped provide youth-led organizations with grants in the greater Sacramento area. Her work has always focused on helping those in disadvantaged communities which have often been communities of color.
Maria grew up in Sacramento, California, and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents have raised their children to be hardworking and to value family and education. Because of this, Maria has a passion for advocacy and giving back to her community.
Currently, Maria is a rising Sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is majoring in political science and Chicanx studies. She is a proud Chicana. Outside of work, she enjoys running and spending time with family.]]>