Maria Daniela

Do you know anyone who graduated from high school at the tender age of 16? You do now!

I'm a 27-year-old first-generation Italian-American, social media extraordinaire for over 10 years, publicist, world traveler, and foodie/wannabe vegan from a suburb of New York City. I find personal passions in holistic and sustainable health and wellness, food ethics and culture, traveling the world, and practicing Bikram Yoga. My obsession for travel began in 2006 when I had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. A spark was ignited and ever since, I have traveled to 14 countries on 3 continents with an insatiable thirst for more!

In May 2012, I completed a Master of Arts in Global Communications with a Visual and Material Culture concentration from the American University of Paris in France. After spending two life-changing years in the city of lights, I still follow military time and think the first floor is up the stairs.

I first started using social media in 2002 when I blogged regularly with LiveJournal, created a Facebook account in 2004 when it was limited to universities, and was known as the "Twitter Queen" by professors, classmates, and friends at the American University of Paris. I'm proficient in various social media platforms including HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Instagram, Blogger, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, Quora, TweetDeck, SproutSocial, etc.

In my international public relations experience, I have worked on lifestyle, beauty, fashion, non-profit, consumer, wine and spirits, life science, and health Internet technology accounts with leading public relations agencies in both Europe and the United States.

Ideally, I would love a career making a difference in our nation's food system & fighting the obesity epidemic (Melinda Gates, call me).