Maya M. Noronha is a Visiting Fellow with the Independent Women’s Law Center. Maya Noronha is a civil rights attorney.
She has served in several roles in the federal government. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, her roles included acting chief of staff of the Administration for Children and Families, principal advisor to the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, and senior advisor to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights within the Office of the Secretary. She also had fellowships and internships in the White House Office of Speechwriting, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and D.C. Superior Court.
Outside government, she has advised elected officials and candidates for a number of public offices: President, Member of Congress, Governor, state legislator, city council, and magisterial district judge. She practiced law at Baker Hostetler LLP, where she served the Federal Advocacy and Political Law Teams, advising clients on voting rights, campaign finance, financial reporting, and ethics compliance. She also has worked at non-profit organizations providing expertise and training on voting rights, election law, and compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
She is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of International Trade, District of Columbia, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the Free Speech and Election Law Executive Committee of the Federalist Society.
She has addressed the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders, Women in Government Relations, the Federalist Society, Georgetown University, the Catholic University of America, George Mason University, Arizona State University, and Republican National Lawyers Association, St. Patrick’s Church, and the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.
Maya received her bachelor and law degrees from Georgetown University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, and a John Carroll Scholar. She had been elected the first Asian-American female president of the Philodemic Debate Society, the first female webmaster of The Hoya, and served as a current development editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Forbes Magazine recognized Maya as one of its 30 under 30 in Law and Public Policy.