María Witrado-Maldonado was born and raised to the age of 13, in Guanajuato, Mexico. In 1976, she moved to Fresno California where she attended secondary school and graduated from Roosevelt High School. María attended Fresno Pacific University where she earned a Bachelors’ Degree inLiberal Arts and her Teaching Credential. She later earned her Master in Administration in Education and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the California State University, Fresno.
María begun her educational career as a bilingual teacher, she served as a vice principal and principal. Currently and for the past 11 years, María is the Assistant Superintendent of the Department of English Learner Programs and Services in the Fresno Unified School District. She is responsible for the program and services provided to nearly 40,000 students whose primary language is not English, she builds the capacity of teachers and school administrators in the implementation of effective programs promoting the success of English learner students, including the implementation of Dual Language Immersion in Hmong and Spanish.
María is married to Ramón Maldonado and they have three children, Adrianna, Christian, and Uriel and Camilo, their grandchild.