Maura has worked for 9 years in the nonprofit sector, focusing on women's issues including domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently a pro bono coordinator at Her Justice, a nonprofit that provides legal services for low income women in New York City. She has also worked for the UN, Mercy Corps, and domestic violence shelters. Maura is a volunteer rape crisis advocate in the Bellevue Hospital ER and managing director for Project Playdate, which runs kids' parties that raise funds for young mothers. She has a BA in Spanish from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University.