As a consultant for VisionFirst Advisors, Maria brings a fresh perspective to economic development with her background in communications, digital marketing and social media. She is well versed in the importance of clear and creative messaging to build a successful brand and grow an engaged online presence. Her innovative thinking, inquisitive nature and enthusiasm for people make her an asset to clients who want to control their narrative and effectively tell their unique stories.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Maria lived in the Pacific Northwest and New York City before returning to her home state of Florida. From her background in the hospitality and nonprofit industries prior to working in economic development, Maria developed a passion for working with people and collaborating with others to find effective solutions.
Maria is passionate about what successful economic development can bring to communities and how that success can increase the quality of life for all citizens. A certified user of Chmura’s JobsEQ, she is well versed in not only data analysis, but interpreting the unique story behind the data and what it means for the community. She enjoys helping people thrive both in and out of the office, volunteering for various outreach programs in her community.
In her spare time, Maria’s passions include traveling, cooking, music festivals and obsessing over her pets, Arlo the Irish Setter and Anastasia the cat.