Associate Director of Admissions
University of Pennsylvania
Maria Gaston is currently an Associate Director of Admissions on the University of Pennsylvania's Marketing & Communications team. After receiving her BSW (Social Work) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, her dedication to educational access guided her into K-12 education and multicultural affairs before she began a career in college admissions. Her early years in admissions include being a Regional Admissions Counselor and Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator for two large public institutions, then addressing African-American Recruitment at a highly selective institution. As a first-generation college graduate from the suburbs of Houston, she recognizes the influential nature of her work in admissions and is greatly influenced by relationships built with individuals and organizations focused on equity and access.