Maria, a Co-Founder and Partner at AGC Partners, leads the firm’s investment banking efforts in the cyber security sector. A recognized domain expert, Maria is a frequent contributor to industry events, panelist/presenter at the RSA Conference, Member of Massachusetts Governor’s Cybersecurity Strategy Council, Security Innovation Network (SINET) Advisory Board Member, Naval War College Roundtable Participant and has facilitated numerous “Blue Sky” strategic planning sessions with leading security teams. Prior to co-founding AGC, Maria was a co-founder, general and venture partner of Castile Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. Maria’s early Wall Street career spanned three firms – Smith Barney, Shearson Lehman and Cowen & Co., culminating as global head of Cowen’s data networks & Internet investment banking activities. Working for 40 years as a sell-side equity analyst, venture capitalist and investment banker, Maria has advised on hundreds of telecom equipment, networking, Internet and security transactions. Previously, she was named to the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for 13 consecutive years.Maria holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She was the 2013 recipient of the Boston Joseph Wharton Award.
Maria is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the board of the Museum of Science (MoS) in Boston, MA, and Chair of the Museum’s Discoverers’ Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors to Boston Baroque. A former marathoner, Maria now restricts her running to shorter distances and is a women’s running coach with 261 Fearless, a global women’s social running network. She has adopted the annual Washburn Climb of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire’s highest peak, as her chief fundraiser for MoS. Maria and her husband Wes are empty nesters and reside in Boston, MA.
"We very much appreciate the work of Eric, Maria, and the AGC team in advising Booz Allen on its divestiture of its commercial Managed Threat Services business. Their extensive knowledge of the security landscape, deep industry relationships, and close attention to detail resulted in an efficient process and excellent outcome for MTS's various stakeholders. We thank them for a job well done and look forward to working together again in the future."
"The AGC Team led by Maria and Eric have been extremely instrumental in bringing our acquisition to a successful outcome. The entire team working with us have been super committed to any need or request regardless to time limitations or work hours. Having AGC with us through the process allowed both our board and the deal team to gain confidence that the process is managed well. Would definitely engage again with AGC for future opportunities."
"To us, it was essential that our banker could fundamentally understand the Promon technology and offering. The AGC team quickly gained such understanding. By doing so, they could 'connect the dots' very rapidly; providing us with deep insight into which partnerships would long-term create the greatest return for all parties. On top of that, they don't forget the small details, which ultimately will lead to a timely and satisfactory transaction. We can give AGC our strongest recommendations as an M&A advisor in the IT security industry."