In 2018, she was awarded the 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 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, which stars Chris Parnell, Adrian Grenier, Nora Zehetner, Kel Mitchell, Mindy Sterling, and Rick Overton. Her original screenplays have been semifinalists in Screencraft and Los Angeles Screenplay Awards.
Maya has directed films and commercials 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, Ally Financial, JCPenney, Chevrolet, Dressbarn, Manchester United, and Capital Group.
Her multimedia stories have been published across major media 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.
She has shot and directed two documentary films, "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.
Maya has also spoken at dozens of events worldwide about integrating social and environmental good into storytelling, marketing, and business, including Summit Series, Sustainable Brands, and GreenBiz Forums.
In 2015, she received a 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 the Institut Catholique in Paris, France.
Maya runs a full-service, LA-based production company known for its diverse and fair hiring practices with 50 percent or more women and people of color on every set.