Maria Haug, an Upvalley native, attended St. Helena public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. She received a double major in economics and international relations from UC Davis then served five years in the U.S. Army as a Russian and German linguist. In 1994 she received her master’s degree in policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She then went to work at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden. She met and married her Swiss husband in The Netherlands. They moved to Switzerland in 1996 and she worked in disarmament research at the University of Geneva. In 2004 she returned to St. Helena to manage the family vineyard and care for her elderly parents. She currently works as a bookkeeper in the wine industry and as a substitute teacher’s aide for the Napa County Office of Education. Her family sells their farm’s produce at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market. Her two daughters attend St. Helena High School and St. Helena Elementary School. She has devoted numerous volunteer hours in the classroom and is deeply committed to ensuring that all students receive a well-rounded education that allows them to compete in a global economy.