She draws on her expertise in Adaptive Leadership, Design Thinking, Foresight methodologies, literary text study, improv tools, and story-telling to create unique environments in which participants become willing to take risks, and experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving.
Maya is a co-founder and Associate at UpStart Bay Area, which supports innovation in the Jewish community. In her work at UpStart, Maya helped launch a wide variety of cutting-edge nonprofits that are transforming the landscape of Jewish life in the United States, and consulted to established nonprofits, including the JCC Association, Jewish Federations of North America, Foundations, schools, and synagogues on innovation strategies. Maya is on faculty of the Wexner Foundation, where she teaches leadership concepts to a select group of graduate students, and the Wexner Heritage Foundation, a fellowship for lay leaders.
Maya publishes widely, online and in print, on the topic of innovation and change, and also blogs about the joys and challenges of modern motherhood. Maya has lived and worked in Israel, Belarus, China, and Germany. She is a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and a 2012 recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. After a decade in Silicon Valley, Maya, her husband, and their children have recently relocated to the Big Apple.