Maritza was born and raised in Hood River Oregon. She spent time away from the northwest when she moved to California to attend Academy of Art University, located in the heart of San Francisco. She moved back to Oregon once she completed her education and found herself in an unexpected career choice, which was working with children. Maritza has experience working with children due to previously working as a Family Advocate for a migrant headstart. Her experience includes managing a caseload, classroom experience, and customer service. Maritza is passionate about serving children and families. She is bilingual and always willing to translate. When Maritza is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and partner, drawing, painting, and watching baking shows.