Maria Del Cid-Kosso
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
State of New Jersey, Director of Legislative Services

Maria Del Cid-Kosso is a longtime New Jersey resident, born in Guatemala and raised in Plainfield, NJ.

Maria is the current Director of Legislative Services at the New Jersey Department of Health. Prior, she served as the Chief of Staff to the late New Jersey Assemblyman and Speaker Pro Tempore, Jerry Green.

Maria earned her Associates Degree in Psychology at Union County College. In 2015, Maria graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Affairs and Politics at the Edward Bloustein School, Rutgers University.  

Maria is passionate about expanding the educational opportunities available to undocumented youth and amplifying marginalized voices in politics. At the age of 25, she established her very own “Del Cid Dreamers” Scholarship with the Union County College (UCC) Foundation. The scholarship is designed to help undocumented students pursue a college degree; giving them the same opportunity she had when she attended Union County College. This is the first scholarship at UCC focused to financially aid undocumented students pursuing a higher education.   

Maria is an alumna of the Rutgers NEW Leadership Program, an Organizing for Action- Barack Obama Fellow, Emerge New Jersey alumna, Board Member of LUPE Fund Inc., and was the first Latina woman elected President of the Union County Young Democrats.

Maria was recently awarded the Union County Women of Excellence Award in Government, the Hazel Frank Gluck Award from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Urban League of Union County Young Professionals Award in Government, and was recognized on InsiderNJ’s 50 under 30: The Millennial Up and Comers in New Jersey Politics and 2018 InsiderNJ’s 100 Millennial.

On her spare time, Maria enjoys doing yoga and hiking. She currently resides in Union Township, NJ with her husband Edward.