Maricela is a civil engineer with a masters degree in project management. She has nine years of experience in the water and sanitation sector in Honduras. She has worked in the past with the Honduran Tourism Institute. She also worked with the National Service of Aqueducts and Sewers (SANAA) on planning, monitoring, evaluation and control of water and sanitation projects in urban and rural areas of the country. Maricela was hired by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the strengthening of the National Council for Water and Sanitation (CONASA), where she had the opportunity to participate in the development of the methodology for the establishment of the municipal Commissions of Water and Sanitation (COMAS) in Honduras and the formulation National Policy of the sector.