Maria Amalla serves as the Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for UNA-USA and focuses on strategy and implementation tactics to increase grassroots engagement. She develops and facilitates advocacy events and training to empower UNA-USA members with skills, knowledge, and tools needed to take effective action in promoting UNA-USA goals and mission.

Maria is a former congressional staffer, having served as Staff Assistant, Scheduler, and Legislative Correspondent for a Senior Member of the House of Representatives. She has traveled extensively through Latin America and is a native Spanish speaker. She also graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in political science.