Maria has a BA from the University of British Columbia. Her studies there focused on International Relations, Political Science and Food & Resource Economics. She holds a certificate in urban design from SFU, and a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Business & Innovation from EADA Business School of Barcelona. Some of her work experiences include local NGOs and government agencies. In her current work as Project Coordinator, she organizes the verification and certification of LEED Midrise projects. Her personal interests lie in sustainability, community development and socially responsible business practices. As a big nature advocate, she can often be found exploring British Columbia. She also loves to read about global issues and nurture her creative side by painting and learning new skills.