Maria is a practitioner of agricultural development in East Africa, where she has supported organizations to scale service and training delivery to smallholder farmers. Her work focuses on the intersection of people and food security. Prior to becoming a fellow, Maria held senior roles at One Acre Fund, a social impact organization that serves 500,000 farmers across Kenya. There, she managed an agricultural extension team of 1500, designed program operations, and led organizational initiatives to improve employee engagement, equity, and well-being. Earlier in her career, Maria coordinated urban farmer training at Mazingira Institute, with a particular focus on youth farmers. She also contributed to research on urban food security and housing access. She lives with her family in Kenya and holds a BA in International Development from American University.