Maria Lara is a Community Outreach Co-Chair for San Jose Younger Member Forum. She received her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University in the Fall of 2018. She will be graduating with a Masters degree in the Spring of 2021 in Water Resources Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from San Jose State University. She is currently working as a staff engineer at Carlson, Barbee and Gibson Inc, a civil engineering firm servicing private and public land development companies and municipalities. Maria enjoys meeting new people and helping out the community. One of her favorite community outreach opportunities is interacting with kids, introducing them to STEM and motivating them to pursue their higher education.