Maria Kniestedt is the Communications & Legislative Affairs Manager for the City of Rancho Cordova. In this role, Maria oversees communications, legislation and community engagement for the City.
Maria brings over 20 years of experience as a communications professional. Early in her career, she served as a spokesperson for the California Department of Consumers Affairs. More recently, Maria worked for 14 years at FleishmanHillard as a Senior Vice President, advising Fortune 500 companies and specializing in media relations and strategic communications planning.
Maria has both a B.A. and M.A. in English and has taught writing classes at Sacramento City College and at California State University, Sacramento, as well as Public Relations at Webster University. She’s won a Silver Anvil for public education campaign work and has served as a Board Member for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
- Favorite place in Rancho Cordova: I love the Rancho Cordova library – it offers so many services to our residents beyond books, and we are fortunate to have such friendly and helpful staff.
- Hobbies: In my spare time, I like to read, bake and write.
- Favorite quote: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Ian Maclaren