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). In addition, she is a Board Member and past Chair of the Palm Beach County Transportation Planning Agency and serves as Secretary of the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) and Chair of the SWA Audit Committee. 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. Additionally, she received the 2020-21 Presidential Advocacy Award from the Florida Association of Counties.
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. She is also a mentor and panelist with their Women in Business Mentorship Bootcamp.
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. She also represented the City on numerous county and statewide boards. Before her election to the Council, Maria served on the City's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Golf Clubhouse Task Force.
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. She retired from both when elected to the County Commission.
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. In this capacity, Maria has been involved with over 30 local nonprofits donating her time to help with fundraising efforts, is a member of the University of Connecticut's Women and Philanthropy organization, and is a member of Impact the Palm Beaches. This organization donates a $100,000 "Impact Grant" annually to a local non-profit organization, providing a truly transformative investment in the recipient's programs.
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 many conferences both state and nationally, 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 (LPBC) Class of 2010. She has served on its Board of Directors, chaired several committees and was a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award Finalist. She continues her involvement with LPBC as an advocate and educator in all things government.
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. She served as Director of Instruction for the Joanne Carner Golf Academy and mentored many other LPGA members in that capacity. She is also a member of the Golf Writers Association of America. Maria's work has been published locally and nationally.
Maria is a 2019 Honoree of the Norwalk, Connecticut Old Timers Athletic Association that recognizes hometown heroes who have distinguished themselves in sports and beyond.