Maya Enista Smith: Kindness & Bravery

Move This World Founder & CEO Sara Potler LaHayne sits down with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Executive Director Maya Enista Smith. Maya and her son Hunter join Sara to discuss what it means to be brave, how kindness works in their family, and carving a path that’s all your own. Listen and subscribe on your favorite podcast platform here. If you like this episode, leave us a 5-star rating and write a review to help other listeners find us, too! 

About Maya Enista Smith & her son Hunter

Maya Smith (she/her) proudly serves as the first Executive Director of Born This Way Foundation. In this position, she engages a diverse array of partners across sectors to conduct innovative research, builds authentic youth-focused programming, and leads effective campaigns that foster kindness and advance the conversation around mental health. With over a decade of experience in the youth empowerment, civic engagement, and community development fields, Maya previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of and began her career as East Coast Coordinator for Rock The Vote. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Maya serves on the Bullying Prevention Advisory Committee (BPAC) for the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). Maya grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Rutgers University. She currently resides outside San Francisco with her husband, David, their two children, and their dog Kai.


Hunter Smith (he/him) is nine years old. He lives in California. His interests are business and fun. He is going to start 3rd grade. He has a younger sister named Logan. His favorite sport is basketball, and his favorite book is How To Save Money.

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