Meet Maria Hoogterp
Co-Founder & VP of People
Fast, efficient, friendly. As one of Own The Room’s founding members, Maria has worn many hats, from operations and sales to staffing; and whether she is helping a company map out the ideal training or supporting a coach to provide even greater value to customers, she makes it her mission and her quest to empower teams to communicate more effectively.
Maria began her career as a pharmaceutical researcher at the Schering-Plough Research Institute, but quickly moved up the ladder to become a senior technical writer and project manager, overseeing on international projects that required strong communication with everyone from executives to machine operators, harmonizing teams and building systems. Later, she worked for Cory Booker’s mayoral campaign and served as a field operations project manager with Club Mom (now Café Media), running a grassroots campaign to obtain new users and on-boarding major corporations as sponsors.
Maria attended Barnard College and Rutgers University, where she studied Chemistry. A New Jersey native, she resides in Verona, NJ. She is currently teaching her two children to golf, so that she can spend time with her favorite people, doing one of her favorite things.