Maya Rupert

2020
Political Strategist

Maya Rupert J.D. '06 is a political strategist and writer and served as campaign manager for Julián Castro’s presidential campaign. She is the third black woman to manage a presidential campaign. She is currently a Senior Advisor for Warren Democrats after serving as a Senior Advisor for Warren for President when Castro exited the race. 

Before the campaign launched, Maya helped Secretary Castro prepare for the race, leading his Opportunity First PAC and then his presidential exploratory committee. Prior to that, Maya Rupert was Senior Director for Policy and Managing Director for the D.C. Office of the Center for Reproductive Rights where she led the Center's Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining the Center, Maya served the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary Julián Castro and earlier, as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Before joining HUD, Maya was Policy Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. 

Maya has also been a contributing writer to a number of outlets where she frequently addresses the intersection of race, gender, culture, and politics. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and Salon. Maya contributed a piece to the anthology How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, released in 2018. The collection of essays features pieces celebrities and authors and all proceeds were donated to the ACLU. Maya has previously been awarded NABJ Salute to Excellence awards for her writing. 

Maya has been recognized by national outlets including Ebony Magazine and The Root for her leadership in the black community.

Maya received her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley. She clerked for the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal.