Maya Paley

Social Impact Consultant, Coach, Trainer, Speaker



Maya Paley has two decades of experience in the nonprofit field, serving as a thoughtful and effective leader on gender equity, economic justice, and refugee rights. Maya consults and trains on a range of topics, including program development and evaluation, policy advocacy, fund development, strategic planning and visioning, coalition-building, volunteer engagement, and leadership development. Maya is also a speaker, panelist, and trainer on sexual violence prevention, gender equity, economic justice, equity in the workplace, and workplace culture change, serving both nonprofit organizations as well as businesses.

Maya recently served as the Senior Director and Co-Founder of Change the Talk for the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW|LA), a sexual violence prevention program for and by teens. Maya also served as NCJW|LA’s Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement for several years and was responsible for the organization’s advocacy and policy agenda, communications, community organizing, as well as recruiting and training hundreds of volunteers to advocate for state and local bills and to conduct outreach on human trafficking prevention throughout LA County. Maya served on the Steering Committee for the CA Work and Family Coalition, the Executive Committee for the LA Coalition for Reproductive Justice, and was an active participant in several other local and state-wide coalitions. Maya has also worked internationally conducting research and advocacy on refugee and sex worker rights.

Maya earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration on economic and political development and a focus on gender and migration. She received the Outstanding Woman Leader Award from the City of Santa Monica in 2018 and the Women in Leadership Award from the City of West Hollywood in 2019. Maya was a New Leaders Council Institute Fellow in 2015 and part of the Next Leaders Development Program cohort of the Center for Nonprofit Management in 2019. She was a featured "hero" in artist Taiji Terasaki's Heroes at Borders exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in 2020. Maya currently serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters California as the Co-Chair of the Development Committee. When not doing all this, Maya loves to write, read, think, rest, and spend time with family and friends.
Consulting Services

Consulting Services

Whether you're looking for support with strategic visioning or planning, turning a program idea into a reality, achieving your fundraising goals, creating successful advocacy campaigns, or improving workplace culture through an equity lens, Maya is ready to listen, show up, and help you make your magic happen. Let's work together so you can be as effective as possible in making our world more just, equitable, inclusive, safe, and meaningful. Reach out to discuss any of the following services:

Consulting Services:

Retreat Facilitation & Team-Building

Policy Advocacy

Program Ideation, Feasibility, and Implementation

Research and Evaluation

Strategic Visioning, Planning, and Implementation

Volunteer Engagement and Management

1-on-1 Consulting

Issue areas:

Economic Justice

Gender and Racial Justice & Equity

Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity

Sexual Violence Prevention

Women in Leadership

Workplace Culture

Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching

Let’s work together to support you in building your power and designing the life and career you want to lead. Some of the topics we might cover in our sessions include overcoming barriers to change, effective communication, leading with intention, finding your inner courage and power, and moving towards your vision, desires, and goals. I center my coaching practice on working with folks who have historically been excluded from leadership roles, especially women and folks of color. If you feel ready to delve into self-reflection and transformation, I would love to be your coach!

Upcoming Trainings

Upcoming Trainings

Effective and Equitable Coalitions Certificate

June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM PST

Virtual Certificate Program (4 Sessions), Center for Nonprofit Management

Are you engaged in coalition work to advance the mission and purpose of your organization? Coalition work is fundamental to creating lasting change on the systemic and policy levels. Coalitions also establish effective and lasting partnerships that enhance collective, purpose-driven objectives. If you are a member, leader, representative, or funder of a coalition, attend this virtual workshop to gain skills and tools to enhance the impact of your coalition work and to do so through an equity lens.



What folks I've worked with have to say:

Selina Vazquez

Volunteer Leader

A seasoned advocate, she has the unique ability to see the intersectionality of issues, determine who the key stakeholders are, and to bring all sides to the table to determine the most equitable and impactful solutions. She empowers everyone around her in a way that inspires us to act like, and to be, our best selves; to believe we can be the change the world needs. Put simply, Maya Paley is an inspiring and strategic leader.

Mi'Quael Gray


If I could use one word to sum up the time I spent under the direction of Maya, it would be PHENOMENAL. Maya was nothing short of an extraordinary leader and very adamant about the growth of her staff. I learned an array of skills from Maya that shaped how I navigate non-profit work and interpersonal communication. Maya's work in advocacy is truly an inspiration to the teens we worked with and the overall team. She created an educational platform that allowed the voices of many survivors and advocates to be heard. Maya was able to provide a space where people were able to heal through speaking out and hearing other people's stories. She spearheaded an organization that worked tirelessly to break the cycle and educate thousands of teens about sexual violence. Maya is an ambitious trailblazer and exemplifies all characteristics of a forward-moving LEADER!

Leah Knopf


Maya is committed to building strong teams and programs with an emphasis on equity, compassion, and impact. Throughout our time working together, Maya skillfully lead the team to implement all aspects of the program, including fundraising, curriculum, communications, marketing, and strategic planning. Maya brought her expertise in evaluation to create programs that are evidence-based, effective, and forward-thinking. She was dedicated to strengthening the program's intersectional lens and making it more accessible for all participants. I am always inspired by her passion for social justice and ability to equip young leaders with the tools to advocate for change. Maya cultivated team collaboration and consistently supported employee wellbeing and leadership development. Maya is highly organized and efficient while also being thoughtful and compassionate.

Claire Lipschultz

State Policy Advocate and National Board Member, NCJW, Inc.

Maya Paley is one of the most creative, bold and diligent social justice advocates I have worked with in my long activist career. Her keen intelligence, persistence to achieve her goals and impressive initiative resulted in major improvements in the fight against human trafficking in California. She is equally effective at policy development, persuasive legislative advocacy and community organizing. I respect Maya's integrity and dedication to social and economic justice.

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