Maria Chacon Kniestedt is the Communications & Public Affairs Director 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, working with Fortune 500 clients 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 won a Silver Anvil for public education campaign work and has served as a Board Member for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. She currently serves as a Board Member for the California Capital Airshow.
- Favorite place in Rancho Cordova: I love our bike and running paths--we have 14 miles of them!
- Hobbies: In my spare time, I like to read and bake.
- Favorite quote: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Ian Maclaren