Maya Paley joined the Board of Directors of MuJER in 2013. She is a Los Angeles native who earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. As an intern for MuJER in the summer of 2009, Maya taught English, assisted with research on the effects of the anti-human trafficking policy on the rights of sex workers in Guatemala, and helped update the organization’s website copy and social media strategy. At the time Maya was obtaining her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in Economic and Political Development and a specialization on gender and migration within that. At Columbia, she co-produced “Gender, Peace, and Security,” a conference with more than 200 attendees and 25 panelists. She also advocated for policy changes in New York State with the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center.
Maya is the Director of Community Engagement and Special Programs at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles. The programs she works on include the annual Jewish Women’s Conference, a day-long event dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring multigenerational Jewish women to take action on issues important to them and year-round empowerment workshops for women.
Maya is a dedicated advocate for human rights both at home and abroad.