Maya works with the public engagement team on projects that aim to strengthen American democracy by building public engagement infrastructure. She also consults for the Inter-Parliamentary Union and United Nations, designing research on how parliaments around the world implement public engagement in the era of COVID-19. Previously, Maya was a post-doctoral fellow at NYU’s Govlab, working on the use of digital technologies in public sector decision making.
Maya has additional experience in the international development and conflict resolution sectors. She worked as a speech writer and lead writer of key reports at the Office of the Quartet, an organization representing the US, EU, UN, and Russia, which seeks to promote strong Palestinian public institutions in order to bring peace to the region. She conducted research on peace processes at the Institute for National Security Studies Center for Applied Negotiations.
Maya has a PhD in politics from Oxford, where her doctoral research explored how legislators learn (with a particular focus on the American Congress.) She also holds an MPA in economic and political development from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in international relations from Stanford University.