Maya Noronha

Visiting Fellow, Independent Women's Law Center

Topics: Election Law • Civil Rights • Politics

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

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 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 Representative, 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 non-profit organizations providing expertise, legislative testimony, and training on voting rights, election law, and compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

In addition to addressing the Federalist Society, she has delivered remarks to the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders, 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.

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