Maria Padilla, better known as Mari, is a Puerto Rican poet, writer, and mental health advocate. Currently, Mari is obtaining her MBA at St. John’s University in New York City to facilitate her dreams of opening up her own sustainable fashion business one day. Prior to attending St. John’s, she graduated from Baruch College with a degree in Psychology. Growing up in Spanish Harlem in New York City, Mari was exposed to many different cultures which heavily influenced her writing and advocacy. She enjoys spending her downtime by working on special projects–honing in on her various crafts, binge-watching her favorite TV shows and movies with her family, and reading.