Elected to the Palm Beach County Commission on November 3, 2020, Maria Marino previously served on the Palm Beach Gardens City Council from 2016 – 2020, and was the City's Mayor in 2017 and 2018.
Currently, Maria is the immediate past Chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail), and is a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council, the 16-County Coalition, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), and, is the Chairman of Pal Mar Water Control District. Maria is a Policy Leader on the FAC Community and Urban Affairs Policy Committee, and is Vice Chair of the FAC Finance and Tax Committee. She serves as Vice Chair 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 Vice Chair 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 sits on several subcommittees and is a Past Trustee Member. She is also a mentor and panelist with the Chamber's Women in Business Mentorship Boot camp.
Maria was the Broker/Owner of Marino Realty Group and served as the Executive Director of the Jupiter Children's Foundation for over 20 years.
With a strong belief in community service and philanthropy, she has supported many initiatives targeted at enriching the lives of at-risk youth and building business relationships that benefit those in need. In this capacity, Maria has been involved with over 30 local nonprofits, is a member of the University of Connecticut's Women and Philanthropy organization, and is a member of Impact of the Palm Beaches.
Additionally, Maria serves as a Board Member with the Children's Golf Foundation and The First Tee of the Palm Beaches and is a past board member and President of the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center. She also co-chaired Palm Beach County Cares, a disaster relief organization and served as a Board Member with the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.
She has been the guest speaker at state and national conferences, and most recently served as the Keynote Speaker for the Miami Women Leaders Conference. She also serves as the emcee for the Annual Melanoma Foundation Charity Luncheon.
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. As a 25-year member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, Maria has been a mentor with the LPGA, served on the organization's National Marketing Committee, and was Southeast Section Treasurer. She was the Director of Instruction for the Joanne Carner Golf Academy and mentored many other LPGA members in that capacity. She is also a 20-year member of the Golf Writers Association of America, with works published locally and nationally.
Maria is also a 2019 Honoree of the Norwalk, Connecticut Old Timers Athletic Association that recognizes hometown heroes who have distinguished themselves in sports and beyond.