Maria was born in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. When Maria was seven years old, she immigrated to the United States, and began residing in Granbury, Texas.
In 2012, Maria moved to Lubbock to begin her college education at Texas Tech University as a Political Science and Spanish double major. In 2015, following graduation, Maria started her career by working as a legal assistant for Whittenburg Law Firm for one year before attending the Texas Tech University School of Law from 2016-2019. She has practiced Immigration and Nationality Law exclusively since being licensed in October of 2019.
During her time in law school, Maria became an advocate for the need to establish pro bono legal services for Texas Tech University students with immigration-related concerns. As a proud first-generation student, and as the first person in her family to achieve higher education, mentoring other first-generation students is Maria’s great passion in life.
Maria has witnessed the journey towards the American Dream through her own lived experiences as a first-generation immigrant. Her professional experiences have continued to solidify her desire to commit to a life of service to the immigrant community, and to assist people just like herself navigate the often-complex immigration system.
In her free time, Maria enjoys road trips, traveling, hiking, exploring national parks, and spending time with her family and her Siberian Husky, “Carlitos.”