Maria Rachidi is the founder and director of the East Bay Hungarian Educational Group. She moved to the United States over 15 years ago and served as the Public Relations Director for the Hungarian Tourism Board in NYC prior to moving to California in 2015.
Maria's drive to found the Hungarian school was born out of necessity. Shortly after moving to Walnut Creek with her family, she sought out Hungarian institutions that would help her expose her children to their Hungarian heritage, but soon realized there were no suitable programs available in the vicinity. Drawing on her prior experience in organizing the Hungarian community in NYC, she founded the school with the help and dedication of many members of the Bay Area’s Hungarian community.
In addition to her involvement with the school, Maria is also engaged with the sister city program, and continues to serve as a liaison between Walnut Creek and the Hungarian city of Siofok.
Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in public Relations from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in media and Journalism from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.