Maria Teresa Kumar is an influential Colombian-American political rights activist. She is also the founding president of Voto Latino, the country’s largest Latino voter registration organization. She is an Emmy-nominated analyst for MSNBC.
In 2013, Elle magazine named Maria one of the ten most influential women in Washington D.C. Likely, in 2017, the Hispanic Business named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in America.
The 47-years-old CEO was born in 1974 in Bogota, Colombia. She celebrates her birthday every year on 1st February, making her an Aquarius. She holds Colombian-American nationality and Hispanic ethnicity.
Maria Teresa Kumar’s Family Background
Maria grew up in Sonoma, California. Her parents Edward Peterson and Mercedes Vegvary, raised her there. Her father is American, and her mother is Colombian. Both of them worked at Sonoma Hospital for a living.
Her father was suffering from encephalitis in his early twenties and had only five years left to live. Her mother, who was a Latino, couldn’t get access to his treatment in Sonoma. This incident gave Maria the strong will to fight for Latino rights.
However, her father fought the battle with courage and lived a longer life than the doctors estimated before he deceased. On his birthday in 2019, Maria made an Instagram post and expressed what a brave and graceful man he was despite his illness and sufferings.
Education: School & College
The inspiring CEO attended her early school years in California’s local schools. Then, she went to the University of California and studied B.A. in International Relations. Later, she acquired a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F.Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Her Career Journey
Maria started her career by working as a Senior Legislative Aide at the U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked for two years. Then, she worked as an Associate Director at The Advisory Board Company for a year. After that, she became the Regional Director at Law Media.
Finally, in 2004, she became the CEO of Voto Latino, the country’s largest Latino voter registration organization. Since then, she has been working for Latino voter’s rights and equality through the organization. Besides, she is also a Political Commentator at MSNBC since 2009.
Who is Maria Teresa Kumar’s Husband?
Maria Teresa Kumar is married to her husband, Raj Kumar. They met at Harvard, where they both studied for their respective degrees. However, Raj is a Harvard dropout.
Maria and Raj celebrate their marriage anniversary every year on 24th May. They have two children together. Their firstborn is a girl, who is eight, and their second born is a boy, who is seven as of 2021.
Raj mentioned that Maria offered him a fish eyeball from her plate on their first date in a tweet. And he sincerely ate it as he loved her. They genuinely love each other and are living happily as a family.
Talking about her looks, Maria is a beautiful tall woman. She hasn’t revealed her exact body measurements yet. However, we can see that she has gorgeous brown eyes and dark brown hair.
How Much is Maria Teresa Kumar’s Net Worth?
Maria makes as a political analyst and the CEO of Voto Latino. The hardworking CEO has worked hard to earn a living throughout her life and fight for justice. Her net worth is around $500k as of 2021.
Other Quick Facts to Know About Maria Teresa Kumar:
Her maiden name is Maria Peterson.
Being closer to her grandmother, Maria takes her as an inspiration.
The political analyst got a lip filler in 2019, which created chaos within her MSNBC viewers.
Maria was named a National Women’s History Alliance Honoree in 2020.
She aspired to live in the capital when she was 12 and visited Washington D.C. on a school trip.
Maria claims her best and worst habit to be eating everything.
Maria Teresa hosted and starred in the series, Changing America in 2015.