Maria Hill was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2003, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a radio operator. Maria served in the Marine Corps active duty for 12 years. She did multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Communications Chief from February 2006-April 2011. As well as deployments to Bahrain, Jordan, Dubai and Kuwait. She separated honorably in March of 2014 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Maria decided to pursue a career in defense contracting in the Charleston area in continuance of supporting the warfighter and mission overseas. She has worked multiple contract vehicles and has supported the USMC, USN & USAF. From military vehicle integration of communications equipment with BAE Systems, to fielding electronic warfare systems such as the CVRJ/THOR with Leidos, and managing a 53 million dollar project for the USAF overseeing the technical refresh of the US and Canadian Air Defense Sectors intrusion detection systems with Booz Allen Hamilton. Currently, Maria is continuing her project management role with GRSi in support of the TCIO program.
Since separating from The Marine Corps in 2014, I have had a passion to continue to serve the military. Even though I am no longer the one wearing the uniform, I honestly cannot imagine my life not supporting those that do. I understand firsthand how difficult it is being in their boots and needing services/equipment/expertise. I want to not only express my interest to serve as the Vice President board position for the Women In Defense – Palmetto Chapter, but I feel this is yet another way to shine the light on us as women who have served in the armed forces and what we are capable of in the defense community! I love everything WID-PC stands for and it gives me a chance to give back to my local area community. I want to be a part of showing the value of women serving in defense roles, and networking with other chapters across the region to continually enhance what we do and can do!
Past/Present Roles Served in Local Community:
- Howe Hall Art Infused Magnet School (AIMS) PTA Vice President
- Women Marines Association Member
- Head Coach of multiple recreation level softball teams – Hanahan, SC (ages 6-12)
- Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Children’s Church Volunteer/ Teacher
- PGA Hope Member/Graduate