At Faegre Drinker, Maria is responsible for the development and implementation of programs that monitor firm-wide progress related to:
- Workplace culture
- Diverse attorney retention and development
- Client collaboration
- Diversity law school recruitment
- Diversity pipeline programming
- Volunteer outreach
- Community partnerships
- Media messaging
Maria also acts as an internal career counselor to all non-partner attorneys, serving as a confidential resource for attorneys in navigating career decisions and other professional workplace matters.
Maria has a long career as an employment litigator, and she continues to counsel clients on workplace issues, including providing litigation strategies for discrimination and retaliation claims, managing internal investigations, and conducting management and employee training on diversity, implicit bias, sexual harassment and workplace violence.
Prior to entering private practice, Maria served as an assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she handled hundreds of preliminary hearings and trials.
Maria is an ordained Reverend of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, a 13,000-member congregation, where she leads youth and young adult ministries.