Maria Ross, Director of Human Resources, has over 25 years of experience as a proven leader in developing and managing HR and Administrative Operations. Maria is experienced in developing strategic programs (including an IPO as well as mergers and acquisitions) at start-up to mid-sized companies, driving initiatives to support business goals, and shaping corporate culture while implementing HR best practices in compliance with state and federal regulations. She has worked in a variety of industries, including software and hardware development, transportation engineering, ecommerce, nutraceutical, manufacturing, desalination, insurance, healthcare, and linear motion technology, to name a few. Previously, Maria was with Ezaki Glico (a Japanese leader in the confection industry) managing three subsidiaries as CHRO/Sr. HR Manager. She provided leadership and strategic direction in developing their North America HR and Administrative infrastructure and implementing programs to achieve business objectives and sustainable growth. Maria has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, a secondary teaching credential from USF, and a JD from Hastings College of the Law.