On Tuesday June 21st, we hosted a live conversation with Candidate for Delegate, Joe De Maria.
Joe De Maria is a community activist, diplomat, educator, and parent. He works as a contractor for the U.S. Department of State. He has been a District 17 Democratic Precinct Chair, Early Voting Captain in the 2020 General Election, and active in Young Democrats at county and state levels when he was a student.
He is active with his high school alma mater, the National Museum of American Diplomacy, and has participated in numerous marches on The National Mall over the years. Professionally, he served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 26 years, including ten years in Latin America. He unified thousands of American families with their loved ones overseas, was a member of the Worker Rights Team of the Negotiating Delegation for four Free Trade Agreements (FTA), and oversaw a cost-of-service study for over $2 billion in government revenue.
Joe has legislative experience as a fellow with Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate, Richard Durbin, and as Congressional Advisor at the Department of State. He has contributed to the drafting and passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and Adoptive Family Relief Act of 2015.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Joe earned degrees in three different disciplines and worked as a mason, college instructor, bartender, and waiter. He is married to a professional educator from Latin America and has a son.