List of Famous people named Maya
Maya Lakshmi Harris is an American lawyer, public policy advocate, and writer. In 2015, Harris was appointed as one of three senior policy advisors to lead the policy agenda for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. She is the sister of Kamala Harris, the vice president of the United States.
Maya Khabira Rudolph is an American actress, comedian and singer. She first gained prominence in the mid-1990s as a member of the alternative rock band The Rentals before joining The Groundlings improv troupe later in the decade. In 2000, Rudolph became a cast member on the NBC late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live and subsequently appeared in supporting roles in films such as 50 First Dates (2004), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Idiocracy (2006).
Maya Ray Thurman Hawke is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of actress Uma Thurman and actor Ethan Hawke. After beginning her career in modeling, Hawke made her screen debut as Jo March in the 2017 BBC adaptation of Little Women and starred as Robin in the third season of the Netflix series Stranger Things (2019).
Maya Erskine is an American actress and writer known for her roles as Maggie in Man Seeking Woman and Mikki in Betas. In 2019, she began starring in Hulu's original TV comedy series PEN15 alongside Anna Konkle. The duo, who co-created and co-executive produce the series, play fictional versions of their 13-year-old selves.
Maya Indea Jama is a British television and radio presenter. She has co-presented Trending Live! on 4Music from 2015 until 2017, Cannonball on ITV in 2017, the MTV show True Love or True Lies with Dani Dyer, and the first series of The Circle on Channel 4 with Alice Levine. She presented a BBC Radio 1 show on Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am–1:00pm GMT. Jama co-hosted BBC One's Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer during the 2020 lockdown.
Maya Michelle Rockeymoore Cummings is an American consultant, politician, and former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party in the United States. Before her election as party chair, she briefly ran for Governor of Maryland. She owns a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm.
Madeline Jane "Maya" DiRado - Andrews is an American former competitive swimmer who specialized in freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley events. She attended and swam for Stanford University, where she won NCAA titles in the 200 and 400 yard individual medley in 2014 and graduated with a degree in management science and engineering. At the 2016 US Olympic Trials, DiRado qualified to swim the 200 meter and 400 meter individual medley events, as well as the 200 meter backstroke, at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she won a gold medal in the women's 4x200 meter freestyle relay, a silver medal in the 400 meter individual medley, a bronze medal in the women's 200 meter individual medley, and a gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke. Following the Olympics, DiRado retired from the sport.
Maya April Moore is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) who is on sabbatical. Naming her their inaugural Performer of the Year in 2017, Sports Illustrated called Moore the greatest winner in the history of women's basketball.
Maya Kobayashi is a Japanese journalist who was affiliated with Cent Force and is currently affiliated with Ikushima Planning. She was a TBS announcer and sister of Mao Kobayashi.
Maya Kasandra Soetoro-Ng is the Indonesian-American maternal half-sister of the 44th United States president, Barack Obama. Formerly a high school history teacher, she is currently a consultant for the Obama Foundation, working to develop the Asia-Pacific Leaders Program, and a faculty specialist at the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution, which is based in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Maya Yoshida is a Japanese footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Sampdoria and captains the Japan national team.
Maya Wiley is an American lawyer, professor, and civil rights activist. She served as the board chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), having been appointed to that role in September 2016. Prior to her role at the CCRB, Wiley served as counsel to the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. Wiley is the senior vice president for Social Justice at The New School, and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. Wiley was announced as an MSNBC Legal Analyst on August 27, 2018. On October 7, 2020, Wiley announced that she would run for the position of Mayor of New York City in the 2021 New York City mayoral election.
Maya Deren, born Eleonora Derenkowska, was a Ukrainian-born American experimental filmmaker and important promoter of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer, and photographer.
Maya Sakura is an enka singer and child actress. In 2008, she made her debut with the single "Tairyō Matsuri" (大漁まつり) at the age of 10. In 2009, she received a "New Artist" award at the 51st Annual Japan Record Awards, becoming the youngest person to do so.
Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif, known professionally as Sho Madjozi, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and poet. Regarded as one of the best performers in Africa, Madjozi incorporates the Tsonga culture through her music and public image.In 2019, Madjozi was named as one of Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 for her contribution in the music and entertainment sector.
Maya Surendrakumar Kodnani is a former Minister of State for Women and Child Development in the Government of Gujarat. Kodnani joined the 12th legislative assembly of Gujarat after being elected to represent the constituency of Naroda as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Maya Lauqué is a French journalist and television presenter. Presenting on I-Télé from 2007 to 2013, she co-hosts since September 2013 the program La Quotidienne on France 5.
María de la Concepción "Maya" Widmaier-Picasso is the daughter of Spanish painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter. She has devoted part of her life to the study and preservation of the legacy of her father.
Melissha Martinez, better known by her stage name Maya Jupiter, is a Mexican-born Australian rapper, songwriter, MC and radio personality. She released her debut album, Today, in 2003. She was a member of hip-hop group, Foreign Heights, with MC Trey and DJ Nick Toth, which released a self-titled album in 2007. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2007 the trio was nominated for 'Best Urban Release' for "Get Yours (Remix)". From 2004 to 2008, Jupiter hosted the national radio station, Triple J's weekly Hip-Hop Show. Thereafter she pursued her solo career based in Los Angeles and released her second album, Maya Jupiter, in December 2010.
Maya Diab is a Lebanese pop singer, entertainer, actress and television personality. She is a former member of the Lebanese girl group The 4 Cats.