María José holds a degree in Social Communication and Journalism, from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). She was Correspondent/Editor of Reuters news agency between 1992 and 2005, based in Caracas, Quito, Lima, and Miami. Subsequently, she was Communications Director of the American franchise VR Business Brokers in Spain between 2005 and 2007. From October 2007 until July 2012, she worked as a Journalist/Editor of the digital edition of the Spanish newspaper El País in Madrid covering, mainly, international news. As of August 2012 and to date, she works as External Affairs Officer of the World Bank for Latin America, based in Buenos Aires.