Maria currently holds the position as Executive Director of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. As Executive Director, Maria provides executive leadership, management and financial oversight of this tribally-controlled consortium of 21 Member Tribes. Maria is responsible for managing the daily business operations of the nonprofit organization and also interacts with tribal, state and national elected officials regularly. In this role, Maria works to promote tribal sovereignty, tribal self-sufficiency, and oversee policy development on behalf of the 21 Member Tribes.

Previous positions include: Program Manager for American Indian Studies at Arizona State University; Executive Director of Atlatl National Native Arts; and acting President/CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.