Maria came to Stanford University in 2004 from Hewlett Packard. At Stanford she worked at the Graduate School of Business and the Psychology Department, before she became the Assistant Director of Finance & Operations of the History Department. In this role she manages the department's budgets and expenses. Maria graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. Outside of work Maria enjoys to do activities with her family, likes to go on hikes and to explore her Portuguese heritage.