Partner-In-Charge, Assurance Service Group
Maria is an assurance and advisory partner in the San Francisco office of Hood & Strong. She has been with the firm for more than 20 years and is responsible for overseeing the execution of audits, compilations, reviews, analysis of internal controls and operations, forecasts, and projections. Maria has experience working with a variety of closely held and venture backed companies including manufacturing, distribution, professional service, and real estate entities, as well as pensions, and profit-sharing plans, assisting clients with exit strategy planning, year-end tax planning, financing negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions. Maria is a member of the California Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the AICPA's Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center and the University of San Francisco Accounting Advisory Board. She also participated in the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women in Real Estate, the Financial Women's Association, the Association for Corporate Growth, and ProVisors, a network of more than 1,700 top business professionals. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of A Home Away From Homelessness, a Bay Area NGO that supports homeless and formerly homeless children and families. Maria received a B.S. from the University of San Francisco. Fun fact: Maria has an adventurous streak and has tried both motorcycle riding classes and skydiving.