Maria grew up in Rochester, New York and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University. After working in college admissions for two years, Maria returned to Rochester in September 2015 and began volunteering at the Gandhi Institute, after attending a Nonviolence Intensive. Eventually she transitioned to full-time employment. Her first two years were spent at Monroe High School, engaging 7th-9th grade students in Restorative Practices. Currently, Maria oversees the Gandhi Service Fellowship Program for the 2017-2018 academic school year, in addition to leading various workshops and trainings. Maria is interested in exploring self-awareness and how it connects to nonviolence, reading, leadership awareness, traveling, working out, and coffee!