Maria joined CCASA in September 2018. She has been in the gender-based violence prevention field since 2011, and also has experience working with youth in after-school programs. Prior to joining CCASA, she worked at Colorado College as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, where she developed a new confidential student group to provide information to peers about Title IX processes and resources. Prior to that, she worked in Bakersfield, California at the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault in the Prevention Education Department, and created a Media Literacy Program focusing on how gender norms portrayed in the media influence our views on relationships and consent. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MA in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.