Maria is a graduate of Brown University with two degrees in Public Policy and Latin American Studies. During her studies, she worked at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) in Providence, Rhode Island. At the Institute, Maria worked on a considerable amount of nonviolent, anti-incarceration campaigns in order to explore how we continuously engage with, redefine, and challenge various forms of individual and structural violence in our society.
Having grown up in the small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Maria had an interest in restorative drug policy from a very young age. She saw how devastating insensitive drug policy can be and hoped that compassionate, safety-centered responses to these complex topics would someday be available for the community that she loves. Over the years, Maria has watched her community develop comprehensive treatment networks to address these issues, and she wants to continue finding ways to support low-income communities, communities of color, and otherwise underrepresented and under-supported communities access equitable, context-based resources. At DPA, Maria had worked on the Grants & Partnerships Team as well as the Policy Team to continue strengthening DPA’s long-standing Partner Network and support funding opportunities for innovative drug policy reform around the country.