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 in Liberal Arts and her Teaching Credential. She later earned her Master in Administration in Education and her Doctorate in Leadership in Education from the California State University, Fresno.
María begun her educational career as a bilingual teacher and later served as a vice-principal and principal. For 11 years María served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Department of English Learner Programs and Services in the Fresno Unified School District. She retired in November 2019 and is currently an educational consultant and adjunct professor at CSU Fresno.
María is married to Ramón Maldonado and they have three children, Adrianna, Christian, and Uriel. They also have Camilo, their grandson.