Maria is passionate about building resiliency in ecosystems and communities alike, and is thrilled to be contributing to this work in our Colorado watersheds. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography/Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and has worked for several non-profit and governmental organizations promoting community stewardship of public lands. Growing up in Kansas City, she was increasingly drawn to her neighbor state to the west, where the rivers and hills ran faster and grew higher. As a Program Associate for the Watershed Center, Maria provides support across all projects related to collaborative, adaptive management of our ecosystems in response to environmental and community needs. When not at work she enjoys backpacking, climbing, and otherwise exploring the foothills and mountains of Colorado.