As Regional Director for the Latin America and the Caribbean, Maria develops and supervises programs that empower people across the region through access to trusted and quality information. These programs include investigative and community journalism, work to protect a free and open internet and support to increase access to information, especially among the most vulnerable.
Prior to joining Internews in 2017, Maria was Program Director and Advisor on Strategy and Innovation at the International Republican Institute (IRI) where, since 2011, she managed programs focused on democracy, human rights and good governance. Previously, Maria worked for two years in the Office of the Political Counsel for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2009 and while living in China, Maria worked for several Chinese mainstream media outlets, including their digitalization process. Prior to that, she worked for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai on areas of policy and communications. She received her law degree from the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.