Maya is currently the Communications Director at IndieBio, a leading seed stage investor and accelerator for biotech companies that are impacting the food, materials, therapeutics industries and more. IndieBio transforms scientists into entrepreneurs, giving their ideas the capital, network, structure and voice to emerge in billion dollar markets. IndieBio is a part of SOSV, a $550M global fund.

Maya is inspired most by entrepreneurs who are disrupting old systems with technologies that create solutions for our grandest challenges. She is an eternal optimist and futurist, who is deeply committed to the evolution of humanity and our planetary and human health.

3 words to describe Nature? 

Awe. Mother Earth. Home

3 things Nature taught you?

To surrender to the flow of life.

To know that everything is born and dies- that I will die too.

That I am always a part of her wisdom, grace and love.

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Marin headlands

The Andes mountains

The Caribbean sea

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…?

Completely at peace when I look at the Pacific Ocean.

When you see a forest, it makes you feel…?

Like I’m surrounded by creatures, networks of trees, and life that only comes alive with my silence and awareness.

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…?

Wonder at the earth’s magnificence. I rode a bike down the volcano in Maui at sunrise and it was exhilarating.

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel…?

Grateful there’s another day, most beautiful to witness when held in the arms of my beloved.

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel…?

Warmed by the thought of a storm and rain, assuming I’m safe and cozy indoors by the fire.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel…?

Like wrapping myself in a warm blanket, sipping tea, snuggling and reading a book.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

I’m all of the above and in deep reverence for the four elements: the earth, fire, water, and air. Being in nature has brought me great healing, from swimming in the ocean or delighting in the waves, watching stars, climbing mountains or appreciating their majesty, or wandering through the forest and listening to my heart. I have found beauty in the desert of Nevada, and the red rocks of Sedona, which have all connected me more deeply with mother nature and the cosmos.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10 

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

I remember snorkeling in the pristine coral reefs of Thailand when I was 6 years old with my dad. It was the most vibrant memory of a world we’ve completely disrupted, but I remember those colors so well along with the variety of marine life.