In 1993 Mari graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Sociology in Organizational Studies and Chicanx/Latinx Studies and in 1995 went on to earn her MA in Sociology. During her time at UC Davis, Mari was a part of the MeCHA, C/L Graduation Planning group and worked at the Chicana/Latin Research Institute in addition to serving as an English tutor and teaching assistant. Currently, Mari resides in Stockton, CA and is a Senior Manager for Blue Shield of California. Since graduation, Mari has been an active alum and has enjoyed giving back to the UC Davis community. She is a CAAA Life member, CLAA member, and served on the UC Davis Aggie Parent & Family Council. Mari is not the only Aggie in the family; her daughter Arielle graduated in 2019.