Maria joined Avenue in October of 2015, and is currently the Director of Community Initiatives. She previously worked in the Oil & Gas industry for three years as Marketing, Communications and Social Responsibility Coordinator. She was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was raised in Mexico, Argentina, and Texas. She has a BA in International Relations with a focus on Humanitarian Organizations from Baylor University. She has always been passionate about helping communities who are underserved and has previously volunteered with humanitarian organizations in Argentina, Kenya, Mexico, and Colombia.