ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Maya is a writer, director, and producer who crafts visual narratives that empower women and spotlight the unsung stories of heroes breaking barriers worldwide.
She has a Masters in Multimedia Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia University in New York City.
Currently, in addition to directing commercial and branded content projects, she is writing a scripted feature and preparing to shoot a short scripted film.
Maya has shot multimedia content on 4 continents that has been published by NBC Nightly News, The Food Network, Telemundo, The Today Show, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Popsugar, Vox, Eater, Racked, Tastemade, Miami Herald, In Cuba Today, Narrative.ly, GreenBiz, Fresh Cup , Coffee Talk , IF C Center, Global City NYC, and Heritage Radio.
She has directed, shot, and edited independent documentary films including "Cuba’s Violin" (2014), a bilingual story about a violin donation that stealthily travels from NYC to Havana into the hands of talented young musician, which screened at film festivals worldwide and can be watched on 5 digital publications in the US and Cuba, and "Blind Date" (2015), a character-driven documentary that follows a diverse set of blind New Yorkers on their quest for love in the digital age, which screened at festivals nationwide including DOCNYC, Nevada International Film Festival, and Middlebury Film Festival.
Maya is also a host , interviewer, and field correspondent who has interviewed world leaders and culture icons at major events including the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York.
Over the last decade, Maya has worked with multinational brands on sustainability media, which informs her current work directing sponsored content. She has directed for clients including Nike Women, Kids Foot Locker, John Frieda, Ketel One, Chevrolet, Dressbarn, Rosetta, Manchester United, and Capital Group.
She has built national sustainability conferences, spoken at dozens of events including 'Sustainable Brands' and 'Summit Series,' and consulted with entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Asia on building sustainability-focused media into their businesses.
Maya graduated Phi Beta Kappa with two B.A. degrees Summa Cum Laude in Global & International Studies and French from the University of California at Santa Barbara and L'Institut Catholique in Paris, France.