Project Manager and Kitchen Specialist
Maya has spent her career working at the intersection of local food production, business development, and community engagement. After receiving her degree at Barnard College, she began her career at Union Kitchen, one of the nations first for-profit food incubators. At Union Kitchen, Maya helped open a 50,000 square-foot production facility, grew membership, and built the systems used to train kitchen operators, launch businesses, and scale products in a large metropolitan market. You can find some of the businesses she worked with at Whole Foods nationwide and large regional grocers!
Most recently, Maya was the Program Director for the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. As the Program Director, Maya led feasibility studies and wrote business plans for enterprises across different industries and large event series. She worked with professors to implement academic and extracurricular programs, managed the agritourism event center, and led the student-run hydroponic farm on campus, tailoring the crops and programs to the educational goals of the students.
Maya lives in Southern Maine and enjoys long coastal bike rides and growing a garden many sizes too big for her family so she can share with the neighborhood. She serves on two city council advisory boards to support her town’s transit system and encourage land conservation.