Maria first became engaged in community media and radio after moving to rural NSW in 2001 with her family, after a corporate career specialising in HR and diversity with Qantas, Nine Network, the internet industry and the NSW Public Service.
In the Northern Rivers of NSW she founded and managed a NFP community newspaper which grew to a print run of 12,000, employing admin and journalist staff, and engaging over 200 community volunteers. She collaborated with the local community radio station to deliver news and general interest programs. On returning to Sydney she joined the CBAA as their Membership Manager, working closely with the CMTO, and progressed to be CEO of the Royal Australian Historical Society until 2013 when she joined RPH Australia.
Maria carried out a three-year contract with RPH Australia Board as their Strategic Consultant, carrying out communications, grant application and business management projects. She represented RPH Australia when liaising with key stakeholders and partners such as the CBF, ACMA and CBAA, and for two years sat on the Community Broadcasting Roundtable which formulated plans and strategies regarding issues facing the whole of sector.