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Maria Elena Marquez-Brookes
Director of Resident Services

Maria is responsible for the development and management of LINC Housing Corporation’s resident services program, LINC Cares, which makes life-enhancing services directly available to residents.

Maria’s passion for community work started during her early years as a Girl Scout and she has since dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for families, children, seniors, and the community-at-large. Maria has more than 20 years experience in program development, community organizing, advocacy, and grass-roots policy change in her work with various nonprofit and government organizations.

Prior to joining LINC, Maria was the Service Planning Area 5 Council Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council. Her experiences also include the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Youth Fair Chance” case-management program in the Pico-Union district, where she utilized her outreach and organizing skills to develop educational and work opportunities with high-risk youth. During her time as Director of Prevention and Education at Joint Efforts, Maria implemented state and federal grant-funded programs that addressed the needs of active substance users, individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, the formerly homeless, and veterans. She served as a community organizer for AGENDA’s campaign to promote economic development opportunities in South Los Angeles, and an organizer and advocate with homeless families at Harbor Interfaith Shelter in San Pedro. Maria has served two four-year terms as City Clerk for the City of Gardena.

Maria has her bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and her master’s in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has served as a field instructor for the social work programs at UCLA, USC, and CSULB throughout her career.

Maria spends her free time at the park with her husband, Matthew, her son, Harrison, her niece, Sophia, her nephew, Nicholas, and the family dog, “Sir Phinneus Bentley.” If not at the park, the entire family can be found playing soccer, baseball, basketball, or just plain lounging around in the backyard.

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