As Rocketship San Jose Regional Director, Maria leads external affairs, community and stakeholder engagement, authorizer relations, and education advocacy for Rocketship’s ten San Jose schools. Maria comes to Rocketship from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley where she served as Director of the Family College Success Center, an education resource hub for college-bound minority students and their parents. Growing up in-between New York City and Venezuela, Maria is a native English and Spanish-speaker and has a fascinating knack for languages, having earned her B.A. in Icelandic and Italian from the University of Iceland before earning an M.A. in multicultural studies and Globalization from Dartmouth, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.