In 2018, she was awarded the inaugural Commercial Directors Diversity Program fellowship for emerging directors by the Directors Guild of America. Her commercial, “History,” was named a Best New Work of 2018 by Shoot Magazine. Her commercial work has been featured in Shoot Mag, AdAge, AdWeek, and Little Black Book for its deep emotion and radically diverse casting.
She recently directed a semi-autobiographical film she wrote, Freeze! with a cast that includes Chris Parnell, Adrian Grenier, Nora Zehetner, Kel Mitchell, Mindy Sterling, and Rick Overton. Her original screenplays are semifinalists in the Screencraft and Los Angeles Screenplay Awards.
Maya has directed films on four continents, in English, Spanish, and French, for clients including, but not limited to: Warner Brothers, Nike Women, Kids Foot Locker, John Frieda, IBM, Ketel One, DC Comics, Capital One, JCPenney, Chevrolet, Dressbarn, Manchester United, and Capital Group, and published across major multimedia platforms, including 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, etc.
Maya shot and directed two documentaries, "Cuba’s Violin" (2014), the story of a donated violin that stealthily travels from NYC to a talented, instrument-less young 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.
In 2015, Maya received her Masters in Documentary Filmmaking from Columbia University in New York. In 2007, she received two B.A. degrees Summa Cum Laude in International Studies and French from UC Santa Barbara and L'Institut Catholique in Paris, France.