Maya is passionate about creatively engaging with the natural environment through applied ecology, conservation, education, and recreation. Growing up in Marin County, California, Maya spent time biking on Mount Tamalpais, surfing in the Pacific, and hiking through redwoods. In 2016 she received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from UC Davis while living in a cooperative house with chickens, dogs, cats, a turtle, and many humans. While in school, she started a children’s edible garden at the library, researched pollinator-floral interactions in native and agricultural landscapes, and was a wilderness backpacking guide.
Upon graduating, she worked for the USDA Forest Service, researching the effects of fire succession on pollinator behavior and habitat in the Sierra Nevadas. She moved to Santa Fe as a botanist for the Bureau of Land Management, monitoring rare plants and cultivating a locally-adapted source of native seeds used for restoration. She is excited to a part of a team that focuses on connecting, inspiring, and empowering people across the world in a collective effort towards environmental and social justice.