Maya Francis is a writer, editor, public speaker, and award-winning marketer.
Once listed as one of "30 Viral Voices Under 30" by The Root, Maya is a write whose work has appeared in multiple print and digital publications including Teen Vogue, Esquire, EBONY and Philadelphia magazines. Her television and radio appearances include CNN and NPR.
For over 10 years, Maya has developed strategic marketing plans and campaigns to help brands identify and connect with their target audiences. As a brand director, she specializes in content development for traditional, digital and social channels, she has worked with CPG, entertainment, retail, and non-profit brands. In 2015, she won a Gold Effie Award for her work with the FDA. As Editor-in-Chief, Maya also led the editorial direction and social strategy of the Webby Award-nominated Sisters from AARP, a weekly lifestyle digital newsletter for Black women.
Additionally, Maya’s work includes media appearances and speaking engagements on issues related to gender, race, culture and media. Past presentations include work with the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Justice Research Academy, as well as media literacy seminars for high school teens. With passion for amplifying the voices of Black women in particular, Maya also works as a consultant with agencies and brands to develop resonant, culturally competent content.
Maya is available for presentations, panels and media appearances on topics ranging from digital trends in media, professional development, representation and diversity, to social justice. If you’d like to connect about writing or speaking engagements, or for business inquiries about communication consultations, send a message using the contact page.