As the Founder + President of MOD, Maria has more than a decade of experience developing advertising and branding campaigns for local and national clients. Her work has earned 16 ADDY® awards & 39 American Graphic Design Awards, and she was selected as one of Graphic Design USA Magazine‘s “People to Watch.” In 2017, she was named an Austin Under 40 Awards winner, an honor granted annually to Austin’s emerging business and community leaders. Maria is also a featured writer for elite publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Texas CEO Magazine, and the Austin Business Journal. Always the entrepreneur, she started MODpaper, a luxury couture invitation design studio. A dedicated philanthropist, Maria is passionate about giving back to the Austin community, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Child Protection, the Fashion Marketing Advisory Board for The Art Institute of Austin, and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN). She is a long-time supporter of Ballet Austin and Austin Sunshine Camps, and is a Founding Member of the Center for Child Protection‘s Guardian Angel Society. In addition to her professional and volunteer duties, Maria pursues a wide range of personal interests, including skiing, interior design, and adding to the ever-growing list of countries she has visited – 29 in total.