Recognized as one of Adweek's “30 Star Players at US Agencies"

Cover story on the September 2016 issue of Playa Direct Magazine. “Risk and Reward”

Bergh’s School of Communication, "Is the Creative Director Role Redundant?"

Interviewed on Exceptional Women Outwest podcast “Make time for your passions”

Interviewed on Innovation Crush podcast “Recruiting Wonderful Weirdos”

Guest contributor for HOW magazine, “How Mistakes Can Work to Your Advantage”


Nice things that people who have worked with me have said.

"72U is the beating heart of experimentation that resides in every one of us at 72andsunny and Maria is the force of evolution and revolution within 72U."

- John Boiler, Co-Founder and Creative Chairman of 72andSunny


“Maria's commitment to the participants in the residency is matched by her commitment to the projects she has them undertake. For River LA, Maria had her team dream up, design and fabricate a "wearable conversation piece" or bracelet to help raise awareness of the Los Angeles River AND then throw an experiential party for nearly a thousand people. Obviously she created a hugely successful series of outcomes for River LA - I can't recommend her and 72U highly enough." 

- Eli Kaufman Creative Director, RiverLA


"There has never been anyone more fit to be the director of a dream program like 72U. From before the program started to months after it has ended, she continues to be my biggest supporter. She not only encourages me to dream big, but helps me reach those dreams. I've never been more thankful to have such a wonderful person in my life."

- Natalie Sun, Founder NextArt


“Maria is the type of leader who has really mastered the ability to make people believe in themselves and to see no limitations in what they can achieve. I personally owe a large amount of my confidence and creative growth to Maria, she is an absolute steal to anyone lucky enough to land her.”

- Tom Francesconi, Freelance Art Director


"She lives and breathes for personal passion projects, and has the experience and connections to make them not only publicly visible and useful, but commercially and professionally viable. She worked with me from the very beginning, and helped transform my simple unstructured ideas into meaningful projects with real implications in the world, and press coverage from media powerhouses like Yahoo!, CNN and The Tonight Show." 

- Jake Reilly, Creative, Venables