Legislative Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Maia Raynor is a proud Black feminist from the ancestral Massachuset and Wampanoag lands of Boston. She is an avid organizer, mentor and anti capitalist strategist. The core of all of her work and relationships is a desire to cultivate community-based, anti capitalist and liberatory modes of safety and care for all, with a focus on Black, queer and trans people. Through her volunteer work to prevent sexual violence with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, her doula work with the Boston abortion support collective, and her abolitionist work with Black & Pink Boston, Maia believes we can achieve safety and care for all by radically shifting revenue, healthcare, and public safety policy and funding. As a 2016 Young People For fellow Maia developed the first Providence Student Leadership Conference, which paved the way for a nation-setting student bill of rights campaign within the Providence Public Schools, while teaching math and civic engagement to 8th graders. Maia got her start in politics coordinating qualitative and participatory research with Black and brown girls in the Boston area; which led to her developing policy with then Boston city councilor, Ayanna Pressley, to prevent the push out crisis facing Black, Latinx and Indigenous girls. In her current role as legislative director for state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Maia runs point on statewide initiatives for juvenile justice in the criminal legal system, youth violence prevention, and opportunity expansion for youth of color and LGBTQ youth. Economic justice is also a focal point of her work. Maia has trained with the center for economic democracy and center for popular economics on the strategies and methods to transition to a just economy. She’s completed rigorous research in urban renewal, highway clearance and organizing for cooperative economics through the lens of her family history in the historically Black and rapidly gentrifying Roxbury neighborhood of Boston for her undergraduate thesis work at Tufts University. Maia graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Peace and Justice Studies and received high honors. As legislative director to state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, she’s developed policy around zoning discrimination to allow for greater levels of affordable and accessible housing during an urgent housing crisis. Maia serves as a board member for the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Camping Division. Her time as a camper and counselor fostered her passion for youth development and justice for all. She also serves on the Tufts University Social Justice Fund Board supporting student and local research initiatives that further justice. Maia is also a lover of thrift stores, comic books, and Janelle Monae.