Maria began working for the Chickasaw Nation in 2007 where she served in the finance division before advancing to the Nation's office of management and budget as program analyst for grant compliance and management. She then advanced to manager of grant compliance and monitoring for the compliance division. In 2015, she transferred to the department of community services where she serves as the director of project support. This position oversees the management of grants including compliance and monitoring. Maria also holds the Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) credential from NGMA.