Why I am running:
“I’m running for state representative because I want to give back to my community as an effective legislator who represents you. Having contributed to innovative legislation in Olympia— I’ve seen what works and what fails. I have been commended for my legislative success by both Republicans and Democrats in the state House and Senate. Our lawmakers should reflect the diverse needs and communities of our state.
I want to improve student outcomes for families by protecting school choice and expanding career and technical education. I will promote CTE because it grows our economy by providing the skills needed to fill jobs and supports our military veterans by offering post-service career opportunities which create upward mobility. As one of the most traffic-congested areas in the country however, our economic productivity is being restricted. Instead of solutions we’ve been served dramatic increases in car tab fees with no accountability and transit plans that will be outdated before they’re even finished.”
Maia is a small business owner, youth soccer coach, and mother of two. She is the eldest of 5 children and comes from a military family. She was born on Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her mother is a retired Major in US Army and is a disabled combat veteran. Her father is currently enlisted in the US Army National Guard.
Maia is a past member of Civil Air Patrol and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She attended Clover Park High School, earned an associates degree from Pierce College at 17 years-old, and received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Maia has experience in the public and private sectors working with diverse communities. In the private sector, Maia has created and implemented successful marketing campaigns, business development strategies and customer service. She has held similar positions in the public sector. She is recognized for consistently producing results in fast-paced environments.
Maia has a record of serving her community.
- Was Legislative Liaison to the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs in 2017.
- Helped unanimously pass legislation to address disparities in education and public works.
- Founded the Center for Latino Leadership in 2014 to empower Latinos to participate in state and local government.
- Serves as school auction chair raising funds for students in need.
- Teaches music at Holy Family K-8 Catholic School.
- Performed marketing and outreach for Metro Parks Tacoma.
- Is a board member for the PLU Business Network.