Maya Newman, originally from Baltimore, Md., graduated from Bowie State University summa cum laude in spring 2010, with a bachelor's in communications and a concentration in public relations. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and with honors status. She says she chose Bowie State for her undergraduate school because she really wanted to play for the women's basketball team, and was excited to go to school a short distance from home, but not too far away.
During her time at Bowie State, Newman was involved in the Student Government Association (senior class president), a member of the Communications Honor Society (president), president of the Student Athlete Association Committee, vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Athletic Student Hall co-director, Athletic Mentor Program director and a member of the Student Alumni Association.
In 2010, Newman enrolled in the Johnson Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to pursue a Master of Arts in communications with a concentration in public and media relations.
Currently, Newman is working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. where she serves as a communications specialist for the ENERGY STAR program, a joint program run by the EPA and the Department of Energy. The program aims to help consumers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Newman focuses on creative ways to promote the ENERGY STAR label to consumers and working with partners to maintain transparent communications as it relates to changes with ENERGY STAR. She has worked with the development team to create a mobile application for the program on the iPhone network.
Newman volunteers at an inner city elementary school in Baltimore and works with underprivileged children who are surrounded by violence and poverty in their communities. She recently hosted a large sleepover for the girls at the school, where she spoke to them about college, peer pressure and other important issues.
Newman has played basketball since she was six years old and she also enjoys shopping and travelling. She says her experience at Bowie State has been extremely rewarding, where she made everlasting relationships with people, teachers, coaches and other administrations. While at Bowie State University, Newman completed internships with the Office of University Relations and Marketing and the Social Security Administration.