Maritza Leal migrated to the United States at the age of eighteen. She learned English at Canada College. She began a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and although she has taken a break from her studies, she will continue in the near future. Maritza is Co-founder of the Church of the Nazarene in Concord CA and Co-founder of the Church of God in San Mateo CA. She was the Winner of the Hart Vision Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015 by the California Charter Schools Association. Maritza is also the Co-Founder of the parent group of Innovate Public Schools. She currently works part-time for Rocketship in the Family Engagement department. Maritza is married with three children, who all attend charter schools. Her hobby is singing and teaching parents how to organize to fight for a better world without expecting anything in return.