Maria is a San Diego native, growing up in Leucadia and learning to surf at age 13. She has a passion for surfing, clean water and beaches, which aligns perfectly with Surfrider’ mission. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Hawaii Pacific University and has been working in the profession for 12 years. She has volunteered to help clean beaches through Surfrider Foundation for many years, and more recently she found a deeper passion to get involved with raising awareness of and advocating against local pollution issues. Maria supports the Rise Above Plastics program.