Maria was born and raised in the bountiful island of Mindanao, Philippines. She is the second of three children raised by her father, an honorable and retired officer of the Philippine Army, and mother, a veteran of the same branch. She learned Tagalog, English, and Chinese as her second languages in elementary school. Fun fact: Students in the Philippines spend 6 years in elementary school and 4 years in high school.
She is an accountant at heart with 25+ years of experience in the accounting and administrative fields. She established MB Consulting, LLC, a minority- and woman-owned small business, in 2020. A proud Phi Theta Kappa alumna, she holds degrees in accounting and business management. In addition to serving the citizens of King County at KCD, she serves as board secretary for WADE and board treasurer for WFSE local chapter. She volunteers as a membership clerk at St. Frances Cabrini and an adviser to her HOA board of directors in her spare time.