Maya Noronha is a visiting fellow with Independent Women’s Forum and a civil rights attorney. She has expertise on voting rights, election administration, political law, and redistricting.
She previously practiced political law at Baker Hostetler LLP where she served as outside counsel advising public officials, political action committees, non-profits, businesses, and partisan organizations, as well litigated federal and state redistricting cases. She has advised candidates for and current officials in public office, including President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, state legislator, city council member, and magisterial district judge. She also represented nonprofits on cases related to election legislation and the Voting Rights Act.
In 2021, she worked as a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability where she provided counsel on election integrity bills and reform measures in states across the country and the U.S. Congress. As a visiting fellow at Opportunity Solutions Project she testified on proposed election administration bills at state legislative committees.
Her unique expertise on civil rights legal policy is based on practical experience on both sides of civil rights cases — both pursuit of colorable claims, as well defense of improper claims of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. Furthermore, her legal analysis is the product of a diversity of experience in variety of prior work as a government official, inside and outside legal counsel to candidates and sitting government officials, a government relations advocate, in partisan and nonpartisan roles, and at think tank.
She has published legal analysis, planned and presented continuing legal education trainings, and participated in debates on legal policy. She also has addressed the White House Commission on Asian American Pacific Islanders, Women in Government Relations’ PACs, Politics, and Grassroots, the American Hindu Coalition’s Women’s Leadership Conference, Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She currently serves on the Free Speech and Election Law Executive Committee of the Federalist Society.