In 2018, she was awarded the Commercial Directors Diversity Program fellowship for emerging directors by the Directors Guild of America, and her commercial, “History” for Georgia Pacific was named a Best New Work of 2018 by Shoot Magazine, which also gave her a Badge of Honor for “Rising Female Filmmaker.”
Maya’s filmmaking for brands has been featured in AdAge, AdWeek, AdLand, Shoot Magazine, The Drum, Little Black Book and more for its emotional storytelling and radically diverse casting and hiring.
In 2019, she directed a dark comedy that she wrote, Freeze, which stars Chris Parnell, Adrian Grenier, Nora Zehetner, Kel Mitchell, Mindy Sterling, and Rick Overton. She is a screenwriter of dramedy, comedy, dark comedy, surrealism, and magical realism, and 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 Disney.
In addition, 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.
Maya 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.
She has spoken at dozens of events worldwide about integrating social and environmental good into storytelling and marketing, including Summit Series, Sustainable Brands, and the 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.