María J. Torres-López is Diáspora en Resistencia non-profit group founder, Women's March Florida Executive Board Secretary and Advisory Board member. As a lead community organizer, Maria works on Puerto Rico issues and priorities, as well as Florida's education, environment, immigration, housing/tenant, and prison reform issues. She works in coalition with other local, national and international social justice groups such as The National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health, Palm Beach County Coalition of Immigrant Rights, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Miami Workers Center, Voice of Puerto Rico, Boricua Vota, South Florida Activism, Global Empowerment, BoricuActivated, Vamos4PR, Paz Para la Mujer, Frente Ciudadano por la Auditoría de la Deuda, Vamos Puerto Rico, NYDIS, Women's March Global, Florida Rights Restoration, Black Lives Matter Alliance, Center for Popular Democracy and many others.
She's a past member of the University Federation Pro-Independence (FUPI) in Puerto Rico. She has participated in civil disobedience acts during significant conflicts in Puerto Rico, such as the struggle to remove the U.S. Navy base from Vieques and the events against the sale of Puerto Rico's public telephone company. Recently she was part of the movement to remove the last two Governors in Puerto Rico; a movement that continues to grow. She was forced to migrate to the United States due to the financial burden placed on those living in the archipelago of Puerto Rico.
María understands where many of the issues we work to change intersect and it is in that intersection where she does her best work as an activist and change maker.