Maria is currently the Director of the Office of the Child Advocate. She previously served in many prestigious positions for the state, including Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service, General Counsel and Acting Commissioner of the Office for Children and Deputy General Counsel to the Department of Social Services. For nine years Maria worked for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, first as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Justice and then as the Administrative Assistant to the Justices, the first woman appointed to the position. Maria graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received her law degree from SUNY at Buffalo, and a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She currently teaches a course in Law and Ethics for Non-Profits at Suffolk University. Maria is active in numerous civic and business organizations and was honored by Massachusetts Law Weekly at their 3rd annual “Top Women of Law” event.