Maya El Jawhari serves as a Policy Analyst at Ferox Strategies, tracking legislation, researching federal funding opportunities, and summarizing policy on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Maya offers valuable analytical and writing skills from her experience as a State Fiscal Policy Research Intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she published numerous blogs and reports on how states can economically recover using Fiscal Responsibility funds. Additionally, Maya interned for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) under Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA) where she co-authored and published an issue brief on the economic costs of the 2020 opioid epidemic that was cited by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington Post, Reuters, Politico, and other national news sites. While at the JEC, she also drafted two reports on the economic equity of Hispanic Americans and assisted the JEC financial director in the logistics and set-up of congressional hearings.
Maya, a Riverside, California native and first-generation Arab American, completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2021. During her time at UCLA, Maya interned for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) where she helped draft memoranda, read constituent letters, and fielded constituent calls. In her role as a Public Affairs Intern at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, she actively led phone banks, organized canvassing events, and successfully recruited volunteers to support sexual and reproductive health policies. During her time at Planned Parenthood, she also played a pivotal role in coordinating projects for electoral and policy campaigns, both within Los Angeles County and throughout the state of California.
In her free time, Maya loves to discover new areas of D.C. and spend time with friends, as well as café-hopping, reading, and watching movies.