MEP Project Engineer, Mortenson Construction
Established five years ago, the Twin Cities affiliate, where Maria has mentored for the past two years, is considered an emerging affiliate. As the lead mentor at a high school drawing students from a very diverse and underserved neighborhood, Maria has faced numerous challenges while creating a successful ACE program. This year, for example, only two students initially registered for the program, but through her special outreach efforts, the team ended the year with nine active students. It placed second in the affiliate’s final presentation event. Because of her contributions, the affiliate’s board of directors has nominated her to become a member starting in the fall.