Maya Norton (she/her) is a champion of resilient communities, prioritizing the amplification of voices from the margins. Fueled by the values of tikkun olam, Maya works with mission-driven nonprofits and community organizations to foment social change. She is devoted to creating partnerships for peace for Arabs and Jews in Israeli society, and dreams of a future where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side as neighbors and friends.
At the local level, Maya is a passionate advocate for community engagement and direct democracy. Most recently, she led a core team of activists to rename a school that was named for a slaveholder through a multi-year collaborative process that involved un-naming and renaming. The school was successfully renamed in honor of one of Boston's first Black teachers, Florida Ruffin Ridley. She has recently launched a project to recruit and train under-represented community voices to run for town government (People of Color, LGBTQI+, young people).
Maya holds certifications as a permaculture planner, master gardener, ecovillage designer, and end-of-life doula. She is interested in Just Transition, life after Peak Oil, Indigenous rights, ecovillages and intentional communities, reallocating public land to create food forests, and best practices in grassroots organizing. She actively welcomes connections and collaborations - please reach out on social media to start a conversation.
Maya currently resides in Boston, MA (USA) on occupied Massachusett land.
Guiding principle: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, US president and general