Maria, the founder of The MJA Group, is passionate about working with individuals to support them in reaching their professional and personal goals, through a dynamic partnership build on trust, integrity, and collaboration. As a coach Maria is an active and thoughtful listener, provoking ideas through questions, and establishing a plan for action. Maria’s coaching style was developed through her years of work as an HR Professional combined with her work and education in behavioral science.

Maria has extensive experience in business working in the human resources function. She has worked closely with executives, managers, and staff level personnel where she often had to utilize her coaching skills to help achieve business results. Her work has given her the opportunity to coach diverse populations in IT, not-for-profits, and the financial sectors.

Maria is a graduate of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, MA in Organizational Psychology; Columbia University, MS in Social Work; and Pace University, BBA in Marketing. She also maintains human resources certifications from HRCI and SPHR and is a licensed social worker (LMSW) in NYS. Most recently, Maria completed the Columbia Coaching Certification Program.

When not working Maria is an avid rower, she has twice rowed in the Head of the Charles, she enjoys travelling, especially to her mom’s native country of Italy, and spending time with family and friends.