María joined the H. E. Butt Foundation after serving for four years as the Senior Director of Diversity and Equity Leadership Development for a national nonprofit developing teachers as policy, elected, and community organizing leaders. Over her 22-year career, she has led a variety of initiatives in California and Texas, including spearheading cross-sector initiatives at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities at Stanford University.
Throughout her career, Maria has worked to address income inequality and educational equity, developing a deep understanding of the nonprofit, education, and government sectors. She has served as a senior leader, advisor, and board member to various social service, faith-based, philanthropic, and government entities. Fully bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English, María also ran her own translation and interpretation business for over 10 years.
Prior to launching her career, María earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University and a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. María also earned her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in 2019. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, a bilingual-bicultural studies university professor, and her two bilingual children.