Elected to the Palm Beach County Commission on November 3, 2020, Maria Marino previously served on the Palm Beach Gardens City Council and was the City's Mayor in 2017 and again in 2018.
Currently, Maria serves on the Boards of South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council, PalMar Water Control District, and the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). Maria is a Policy Leader on the FAC Community and Urban Affairs Policy Committee, and a member of the National Association of Counties Environment, Energy and Land Use steering committee. She is also a member and past Chair of the Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency and serves as Secretary of the Solid Waste Authority.
Maria is a 2019 Women of Excellence Award Honoree by the National Foundation of Women Legislators.
The 2017 "Woman of the Year" by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, Maria is Chair of the Chamber's Smart and Connected Regions Task Force, sits on several subcommittees and is a Past Trustee Member.
During Maria's tenure on the Palm Beach Gardens City Council, the Gardens experienced lower tax rates, 2,400 acres were dedicated to conservation to help restore the flow of water over 100,000 acres at no expense to tax payers, and a new 80-acre district park opened.
Maria represented the City on numerous county and statewide boards including the Palm Beach County League of Cities, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council and North County Intergovernmental Committee.
Maria was the Broker/Owner of Marino Realty Group and served as the Executive Director of the Jupiter Children's Foundation.
With a strong belief in community service and philanthropy, she lends her talents to many initiatives targeted at enriching the lives of at-risk youth and building business relationships that benefit those in need.
Additionally, Maria serves, as a Board Member with the Children's Golf Foundation and The First Tee of the Palm Beaches, was former executive director of the Jupiter Children's Foundation, and past board member of the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center. She also co-chaired Palm Beach County Cares, a disaster relief organization and was a Board Member with the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.
Maria continues as an Ambassador with the Honda Classic and is a Graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2010. She has served on its Board of Directors, chaired several committees and was a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award Finalist. Additionally, she received the 2020-21 Presidential Advocacy Award from the Florida Association of Counties.
A native of Connecticut and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Maria won the State Women's Amateur Golf Championship in 1985. She came to Florida to improve her golf skills and never left the Sunshine State. Still a golf professional, Maria has been a member and mentor with the LPGA since 1994, where she served on the organization's National Marketing Committee and as Southeast Section Treasurer. Maria is also a 2019 Honoree of the Norwalk, Connecticut Old Timers Athletic Association that recognizes hometown heroes that have distinguished themselves in sports and beyond.