Born and raised in New Jersey, Maria moved to the Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama, after graduating from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in International Development. Living on an island, she worked for a youth development nonprofit organization where she learned Spanish, the ins and outs of program building, and grant writing. Here, she has also learned how to SCUBA dive, as well as saw first-hand the challenges that climate change brings to coastal communities and the ecosystems they depend on for economy and enjoyment. At CORAL, Maria is responsible for supporting grant writing efforts and communicating with corporate partners. She is a PADI divemaster, an avid Kindle reader, a twin, and a lover of all breakfast foods (specifically cinnamon buns). She runs on coffee.
The sea is as near as we come to another worldAnne Stevenson