As Senior Manager, Development, Maria Owens is responsible for assisting in the cultivation of McGuire Development’s development & acquisition strategy. Maria is focused on managing development projects from the ideation phase, through execution, as well as preparing financial proformas, and tracking the dedicated budget to assure complete alignment. In addition to her development responsibilities, Maria brings a legal focused background to McGuire Development, offering unique insight on complex issues that arise during projects. Her experience brings a critical attention to detail element, as well as contract review/preparation to the team. Currently, Maria is tracking each and every facet of a 12-story, 180,000 SF mixed-use development in Ithaca, NY, called Harold’s Square. The project will include a mix of retail space, commercial space, office space, as well as residential space.
Maria is dedicated to devoting time to local causes in need and displays this via her involvement in
multiple nonprofits. She is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, as well as the Women’s Bar
Association of WNY. Ms. Owens graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo, before attending
UB Law School to pursue her Juris Doctorate. While pursuing her Juris Doctorate, Ms. Owens founded
the Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Law Society and worked as an associate on UB’s Intellectual
Property Journal. Maria brings experience to McGuire Development from multiple local law firms as an associate attorney.
Maria resides in Buffalo with her husband and two dogs, Vinnie and Sophie. She enjoys reading and
hiking in her free time.