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A Coffee with… Maya Brady, Account Coordinator

June 24th, 2021

Maya Brady

We grabbed coffee with our AC Maya Brady to talk about how organizations can authentically engage with Pride, and her work supporting racial and criminal justice clients. Plus: she even shares her dream dinner guests and appreciation for Nicki Minaj, icon and queen of Barbz.

How do you like your coffee?
I like mochas with a chocolate drizzle.

What’s the meaning of Pride Month to you?
Pride Month is a time for celebration, but also a time for remembrance. It’s important to recognize how far we’ve come as a community as well as the work that still needs to be done. Personally, I always try to maintain the roots and origin of Pride as a protest against inequality and injustice. It’s also important to me to center Black and Brown members of the LGBTQ+ community and especially Black and Brown transgender women—who often bear the brunt of harm in our community.

What are ways that organizations and companies can authentically engage with Pride?
Engaging in and investing in your local LGBTQ+ community is a great first step, like donating to your local LGBTQ+ center or Pride parade (without placing advertisements). Being welcoming and having spaces for your LGBTQ+ staff to get together and bond is important as well. Also, developing an intersectional understanding of the LGBTQ+ community is critical, many people get a specific image in mind when thinking of a gay or transgender person or the community as a whole—but ultimately fail to acknowledge that we are also immigrants, working-class, renters, elderly, or any combination of identities.

Why did you join BerlinRosen?
As a 2020 grad, a lot of my plans were upended by COVID-19. On the bright side, it gave me some time to figure out exactly what I wanted in a job for me to feel fulfilled. After some soul searching, I recognized that I was most passionate about social justice, politics, communications and making society more equitable for marginalized communities—which are all aspects of my job today.

How has it been to join BerlinRosen during COVID-19?
It’s been a whirlwind! I never expected the beginning of my career to be remote, but at the same time I feel very lucky that it allowed me the opportunity to join BerlinRosen from across the country. While starting a new job remotely is its own unique challenge, it’s been incredibly exciting to learn from my colleagues and grow into my role.

Describe what you do at BerlinRosen.
As an Account Coordinator on the National Issue Advocacy team, I build communication strategies and provide media support for a variety of racial justice and criminal justice clients. The majority of my work involves shrinking the scope of the criminal justice system and its disproportionate impact on Black and Brown lives—which is especially important to me.

Tell me a life-changing moment that helped shape who you are today.
Watching the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama with my family when I was a kid.

⚡️ Fast Facts

Last TV show I binge-watched: Veep
Restaurant (delivery) I’d recommend to close friends: If you’re ever in Sacramento, Tea Cup House in Midtown has the best Chinese takeout
A concert that you’d love to experience: Nicki Minaj
My dream dinner guests are: Angela Davis, Issa Rae and Viola Davis
Book that changed me: The Color Purple
Movie I’d pay to see again and again: Space Jam
Advice I’d tell my young self: Live in the moment, make memories and everything will turn out fine