Maria is a sophomore at Medford High School in Massachusetts. She is passionate about diversity, access, and equity. She is the founder and coordinator for the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility x Tufts Questbridge Chapter Resource and Mentoring Program, a program dedicated to providing guidance and resources on college admissions and professional development to first-generation and low-income high school students in her community. She has also worked with Rumney Marsh Academy Literary Rainbow where she pioneered the expansion of the school’s LGBTQ-focused book collection and she interned at the Massachusetts Statehouse with State Representative Sean Garballey.