Maya Noronha

Visiting Fellow, Independent Women's Law Center

Topics: Civil Rights • Religious Liberty • Election Law

Maya M. Noronha is a visiting fellow at Independent Women's Law Center, where she focuses on civil rights law and policy. She currently serves on the Free Speech and Election Law Executive Committee of the Federalist Society, with expertise on redistricting and election administration and integrity.

Maya 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, and a regulatory reform officer. She provided counsel on federal civil rights laws protecting persons with disabilities and nondiscriminatory access. She also had fellowships and internships in the White House Office of Speechwriting, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, D.C. Superior Court, and for the Chief Judge of the Navy-Trial Judiciary. 

Outside government, Maya has advised officials elected to or candidates for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, state legislature, 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, redistricting, election integrity, campaign finance, financial reporting, and ethics compliance. She also has worked at the Foundation for Government Accountability providing her substantive expertise on election integrity reform across the country, delivering legislative testimony, and and compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Previously, she coordinated continuing legal education courses on election law, conducted original research on election integrity across the country, and delivered remarks to students on conducting legal research in election administration.

In addition to addressing the Federalist Society, she has delivered remarks to the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders, United States Senate, Women in Government Relations, Georgetown University, the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, George Mason University School of Law, and Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism. She has also delivered remarks to partisan organizations, such as the Republican National Lawyers Association and the National Federation of Republican Women.

Maya is in Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, and a John Carroll Scholar. She served as vice president for programming at Georgetown Law Federalist Society. Forbes Magazine recognized Maya as one of its 30 under 30 in Law and Public Policy.


·    J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2011

·    A.B., Georgetown University, 2005


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