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 Finance Manager 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 is involved in the lives of her two teenage children. She likes to go on hikes and to explore her Portuguese heritage.