Maya Seiden

Maya helps lead BGR’s International and Trade Practice and works with the firm’s Financial Services and Public Relations Practices and Advisory Services team.

Washington, D.C.
Practice Co-Head, Principal
Policy, Strategic Communications, Corporate Strategy, Operations Management in the Private Sector, Government, and Non-Profit Sectors
White House, State Department, Energy Department, BlackRock, New York University, Edelman

Maya Seiden joined BGR Group in 2014, where she advocates for foreign countries and individuals and advises U.S. and foreign companies on business-to-business activities.  A veteran of the Clinton and Obama administrations, Maya has served in senior positions at the State Department, Energy Department and the White House. Outside of government, Maya held senior strategy, operations and communications positions in the non-profit and corporate sectors.

Most recently, Maya served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, overseeing budget and strategic planning for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She led Secretary Clinton’s effort to elevate the State Department’s influence in economics and business promotion.

During the Clinton administration, Maya was Special Assistant to then Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and Special Assistant in White House Cabinet Affairs.

In the private sector, Maya served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at BlackRock, where she advised the firm’s Executive Committee and Chief Operating Officer on management, communications and operations; worked on major mergers and acquisitions; and developed the company’s first government relations and public policy strategy.

From 2003 to 2007, Maya managed operations at New York University overseeing the streamlining of operations and management, including the integration of long-term strategic planning and budgeting across the University and the expansion of the University to include international campuses. Previously, Maya advised companies on managing emerging issues and crises at Edelman Public Relations.

Maya received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in business administration from New York University. She is on the Advisory Board of RAND’s Center for Global Risk and Security.

Areas of Focus

  • Extensive Policy
  • Strategic Communications
  • Corporate Strategy and Operations Experience in the Private Sector
  • Government and Non-Profit Sectors


  • Wesleyan University

  • New York University

  • Affiliations

    Advisory Board of RAND’s Center for Global Risk and Security.