Maya started working at Sullivan Street Bakery during the pandemic days of 2020, when the NYC shutdown turned Sullivan Street Bakery into a family business. She is a great dishwasher, a so-so bread packer, and the foremost bomboloni critic at Sullivan Street Bakery. Currently, she oversees branding, media, and all things words at the bakery, and works with everyone on preserving the identity of Sullivan Street Bakery as a village bakery in the midst of a big city life. Maya was born and raised in Florida, graduated from Georgetown University, and has a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research. With Jim Lahey, she is the author of The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook and together they are working on the newest Sullivan Street Bakery no-knead bread book.
When not decrumbing the counter or settling the annual controversy over how to spell schiacciata d’uva, Maya is working on a book about the origins of federal regulation in the United States. Maya and husband, Jim, live in Hell's Kitchen with Declan, Anjali, and Pia Lahey as well as Sam the snake and Polly the dog. Maya is an advocate for the Hudson River Park and a proud member of the 47th/48th Street Block Association, which she urges all (sane) neighbors to join.