Maria D. radiates human warmth and openness. Talking with her, it’s hard to feel you’re not right at home, regardless of where your conversation takes place. She speaks with a self-effacing kindness that belies the years of travel and hard work in her life.
Maria has lived in Portland for three years. She was born on the West Coast but spent many of her formative years in a much different climate.
“I grew up Southern California till I was 12 and after that, Minnesota. It was a big, huge culture shock,” she says, laughing.