As the Top Tier Trade Ally Initiative Manager, Maria works closely with NEEA's stakeholder utilities and trade allies to help accelerate market adoption of advanced lighting retrofit practices through training.
Maria has spent the last decade promoting energy efficiency throughout the United States. She began her career at San Diego Gas and Electric, where she first implemented energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs, then worked on the first successful utility-run On-Bill Financing Program in California. She then moved to San Francisco, where she worked on the inaugural gas efficiency program in the Chicago area and ran a successful rebate and incentive program for private schools in the Los Angeles area, both during her tenure at Resource Solutions Group (now a CLEAResult company).
Maria has a BA in International Relations from The State University of New York at New Paltz and a MIBA from Alliant International University. In her free time, she enjoys continuing her indulgence in all things international through travel.