a little about me.

Maya Francis is an award-winning marketer and communications professional with over seven years of agency, in-house and consulting experience in strategic messaging, content development, and public relations. Her scope of work has included strategic communication planning and execution on behalf of government, corporate, retail, and non-profit brands in traditional and social spaces. Under her leadership, "The Real Cost," a behavior-change campaign aimed at at-risk teens, was the 2015 recipient of the Gold Effie Award on behalf of the Center for Tobacco Products, a subdivision of the FDA. Her work history also includes crisis management, responsive messaging, and influencer marketing.

Named one of "30 Viral Voices Under 30" by The Root, Maya's editorial work has routinely appeared in multiple top-tier media outlets including xoJane, Esquire, Ebony, The Root, and more. Her work as a culture writer and blogger has also been featured her hometown glossy and major metro news titles, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine. She is a regular live segment contributor for Philadelphia's 900 AM WURD has appeared on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live," "Huffington Post Live," and other television and radio broadcasts. She is also a contributing writer for "Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama," a book of essays released by Kifani Press in October 2013.

Her work also includes speaking engagements on issues related to gender, race, culture and media.