ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Maya is a writer, director, and producer who crafts visual narratives that empower women and spotlight the unsung heroes worldwide.
She has a Masters in Multimedia Journalism & Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia University in New York.
She is currently directing commercial and branded content while writing her first scripted feature.
Maya has directed multimedia content on four continents that has been published by NBC News, The Food Network, Telemundo, The Today Show, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Popsugar, VOX, EATER, Racked, Tastemade, The Miami Herald, In Cuba Today, Narrative.ly, GreenBiz, Fresh Cup, Coffee Talk, IFC, Global City NYC, and Heritage Radio.
She has directed, shot, and edited 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 a host , interviewer, and 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, she has also worked with multinational brands on sustainability media, which informs her current work directing sponsored content, which she has made for clients including but not limited to: Nike Women, Kids Foot Locker, John Frieda, Ketel One, Capital One, JCPenney, Chevrolet, Dressbarn, Rosetta, Manchester United, and Capital Group.
She has 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.