Maria Alonzo-Diaz, Vice Chair
Maria Alonzo-Diaz has served as a counselor/advocate at Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services for the last 22 years. She is driven by her passion for the community and works to cultivate hope and resilience through advocacy, empowerment and relationship-building.
In 2012 she co-founded Giant Pekes Soccer, a year-round community soccer program. It was originally aimed at engaging Latinx families and youth to promote wellness, character, sportsmanship and social responsibility. The program has become a perfect platform to create community as it continues to draw in families and individuals of all backgrounds who have a passion for the sport.
Over the course of the past 25 years, Maria has served on several boards including Proteus, Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer and Latina Leadership Initiative. She has volunteered for additional community initiatives and groups.
Maria has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Iowa State University and also holds a Master’s in Counseling from Drake University.
She and her husband Hugo have three children. Mauricio Javier recently graduated from DMPS in May 2021 and Lianna and Carlos attend Hoover High School.
Member Since: 2021
Term Expires: 2025