Maria grew up in a large working-class family, so labor issues are personal to her. The labor movement is a foundational pillar in the movement for economic, racial, and social justice. Her parents worked the graveyard shift as janitors at Temple University. Their access to a union changed their lives.
Maria chaired Council’s Appropriations and Education Committees, co-chaired Council’s Special Committee on Poverty Reduction & Prevention, and served on the Philadelphia Tax Reform Working Group. As your small business advocate, Maria has fought to make Philadelphia a better place to start, run, and grow a business. Her legislative agenda stimulated economic activity, promoted job growth, and ensured Philadelphia businesses compete on a level playing field.