Fellow Story: Maya Fews

I’m learning what my interests and passions are, and I’m exploring those deeper.” -Maya Fews

Maya Fews comes to Pittsburgh by way of Lansing, Michgan. Maya received her degree in Law and Public Policy and a certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry from Indiana University – Bloomington. Prior to joining PULSE, she served as an intern with Mayor Virgil Bernero. Additionally, Maya was an Undergraduate Ambassador for Students for Equity in Public Affairs and was Vice Chair and External Affairs of the Model United Nations Conference. In her free time, Maya enjoys making crafts, running, listening to podcasts and reading.  She is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Victor Huerta: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Maya Fews: I would say connecting with fellow PULSErs and building a community with them, relying on them, and building relationships with them.

Victor: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Maya: PULSE has taught me patience with living people who are different from you, or a lot of people at one time, and people with different opinions.

Victor: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Maya: In general, I’m learning what my interests and passions are, and I’m exploring those deeper. I’m also being more intentional about how I use my time.

Victor: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Maya: I’m enjoying watching people within the URA transform the city of Pittsburgh, make amends with the city, and making the future livable for anyone.

Victor: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Maya: Surprisingly, I’ve liked bonding over dinner and cooking together.

Victor: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Maya: I respond to my emails, organize and plan meetings, and work on the strategic plan for the next three years, as well as upcoming trainings for staff.

Victor: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Maya: My first day at my nonprofit, I got tickets to a Pirates game and seeing the skyline from PNC park was breathtaking. Truly amazing 10/10, would recommend.

Victor: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Maya: Getting outside of your comfort zone in a new city.


Story by PULSE Fellow Victor Huerta.

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