Maya is a writer/director who crafts visual narratives that spotlight the stories of unsung heroes worldwide.
Her production company, Wildcard Productions, hires diverse, inclusive, and fair, with 50 percent women on every shoot.
Maya has directed commercials and branded content for clients including Nike Women, Kids Foot Locker, John Frieda, Ketel One, Capital One, JCPenney, Chevrolet, Dressbarn, Manchester United, Rosetta, and Capital Group.
She was recently awarded the Commercial Directors Diversity (CDDP) Program fellowship for emerging commercial directors by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP).
Currently, she is writing to direct a magical realism feature film and a dark comedy short, both female hero-driven narratives.
She has shot and directed content on four continents, in English, Spanish, and French, published by NBC News, The Today Show, Food Network, Telemundo, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Popsugar, VOX, Racked, EATER, Tastemade, Miami Herald, In Cuba Today, Narrative.ly, and more.
In 2015, she received a Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia University in New York. With her background as a reporter, she almost always finds and nurtures her own characters and stories for her documentaries and scripted narratives based on true stories.
Maya has shot and directed documentary films, including "Cuba’s Violin" (2014), the story of a donated violin that stealthily travels from NYC to a talented, instrument-less high school musician in Havana, which screened at festivals worldwide, and "Blind Date" (2015), which follows three blind New Yorkers on their quest for love in the digital age, which premiered at DOCNYC.
Maya is also a professional interviewer who has interviewed world leaders and cultural icons at major events including the Global Citizen Music Festival in Central Park, and spoken at dozens of conferences including 'Sustainable Brands' and 'Summit Series.'
Maya graduated Phi Beta Kappa with B.A. degrees Summa Cum Laude in International Studies and French from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Institut Catholique in Paris.