Maria is a former TV News Producer (ABC News) who now produces online
educational content for the web. In 2004, she compiled data which revealed
that academically, minority students in FCPS lagged behind their peers in all
of the large urban and suburban Virginia school districts. Her findings which
went largely ignored by FCPS, drew considerable attention in the press, and
resulted in an invitation to participate on a panel discussion with the
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and educational historian Diane
While a producer for ABC News, Maria spent eight years based in Moscow where
she covered events leading up to and during the breakup of the Soviet Union.
During that time, she traveled twice to Afghanistan where the Soviet Union
was engaged in a lengthy war, and she was part of the press corps
accompanying Soviet leader Gorbachev in China when protests led to the
Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Maria received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Georgetown University School
of Service and furthered her studies with a mid-career fellowship at Harvard