Women of Color Owned

& Operated.

 

Based in Brooklyn.

Inspired By

Zora Neale Hurston,

Based in Brooklyn.

Inspired By

Zora Neale Hurston,

Based in Brooklyn.

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Mission

Mission

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As creators, strategists, and innovators — we founded Maestra with the intention of building community and amplifying stories that are typically untold, undersold, or marginalized. 

As creators, strategists and innovators, we founded Maestra with the intention of building community and amplifying stories that are typically untold or marginalized. Defining a prism for content and communication that is inclusive, socially moving, visually arresting and trend-setting.

Maestra helps our clients build socially conscious and equitable brand value through strategic partnerships, both internal and external community building, and redefining powerful storytelling. With our diverse and deep experience in activism, corporate diversification, and cultural production, we can build quickly and amplify widely, whether on a social impact initiative, dynamic programming, narrative building or refocusing brand strategy.

2020 marks a paradigm shift given the current climate during which our work and services have become a necessity. It is more important than ever for companies to reimagine marketing and impact campaigns, rethink media and social media strategies and remodel how to leverage influencers, celebrities and culture makers to amplify your brand, products and offerings.

Our Expertise

— Our Expertise

  • Partnership & Stakeholder Strategy
  • Event Programming & Curation
  • Mission & Social Impact Strategy
  • Strategic Internal & External Equity Analysis
  • Executive Training & Positioning
  • Public Relations & Communications
  • Crisis Management
  • Partnership & Stakeholder Strategy
  • Event Programming & Curation
  • Mission & Social Impact Strategy
  • Strategic Internal & External Equity Analysis
  • Executive Training & Positioning
  • Public Relations & Communications
  • Crisis Management

Our Clients

Our Clients

Our Clients

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Leadership

Leadership

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De'Ara Balenger

Co-Founder

De’Ara Balenger is co-founder of Maestra. She leads Maestra’s social impact and public engagement work. De’Ara works with brands, media companies and institutions to bring culture to cause. Her particular areas of expertise are social impact, racial equity, gender equality, cultural production and crisis management. She has extensive experience in directing and accelerating mission driven work.

As an attorney she spent over a decade in public service, working primarily for Secretary Clinton. She was the Director of Engagement for Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.  Prior to this De’Ara served as a rule of law advisor and senior advisor to Cheryl Mills at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and criminal justice reform work in Bangladesh, Liberia, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Kenya and Costa Rica. 

De’Ara is a stakeholder in the activism and women’s movement space and was a National Organizer for the monumental Women’s March on Washington in 2016 and named a 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year for her role in the Women’s March. She also serves as Board Co-Chair for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

De’Ara Balenger is co-founder of Maestra. She leads Maestra’s social impact and public engagement work. De’Ara works with brands, media companies and institutions to bring culture to cause. Her particular areas of expertise are social impact, racial equity, gender equality, cultural production and crisis management. She has extensive experience in directing and accelerating mission driven work.

As an attorney she spent over a decade in public service, working primarily for Secretary Clinton. She was the Director of Engagement for Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.  Prior to this De’Ara served as a rule of law advisor and senior advisor to Cheryl Mills at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Congressional inquiry into the tragedy in Benghazi and criminal justice reform work in Bangladesh, Liberia, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Kenya and Costa Rica. 

De’Ara is a stakeholder in the activism and women’s movement space and was a National Organizer for the monumental Women’s March on Washington in 2016 and named a 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year for her role in the Women’s March. She also serves as Board Co-Chair for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

De’Ara Balenger is co-founder of Maestra. She leads Maestra’s social impact and public engagement work. De’Ara works with brands, media companies and institutions to bring culture to cause. Her particular areas of expertise are social impact, racial equity, gender equality, cultural production and crisis management. She has extensive experience in directing and accelerating mission driven work.

As an attorney she spent over a decade in public service, working primarily for Secretary Clinton. She was the Director of Engagement for Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.  Prior to this De’Ara served as a rule of law advisor and senior advisor to Cheryl Mills at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Congressional inquiry into the tragedy in Benghazi and criminal justice reform work in Bangladesh, Liberia, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Kenya and Costa Rica. 

De’Ara is a stakeholder in the activism and women’s movement space and was a National Organizer for the monumental Women’s March on Washington in 2016 and named a 2017 Glamour Woman of the Year for her role in the Women’s March. She also serves as Board Co-Chair for the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

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Stacie Gillian

Co-Founder

Stacie Gillian is co-founder of Maestra. Her work over the last decade sits at the intersection of visual storytelling and branding, art, function, community evolution, and social impact. 

With over 15 years of experience, she leads Maestra’s brand strategy work. Stacie has worked with entities ranging from Amazon Fashion, Oscar de la Renta, IMG, James de Givenchy, Etihad Airways, Mastercard, Washington DC Department of Corrections, International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute, The National Theater to Vogue on building purpose driven brand identity campaigns and initiatives. Tapping into insights learned from past clients while also recognizing each organization’s distinct DNA, she targets appropriate brand alliances, defines messaging and tone, unearths the foundation of the company and business goals, then builds and amplifies the narrative to develop a refined strategy that is specific to the client partner.

She is dedicated to augmenting each client's storytelling through a unified partnership that insures the advancement of their goals through media placements, event programming, audience development guidance and social media content strategy.

Stacie Gillian is co-founder of Maestra. Her work over the last decade sits at the intersection of visual storytelling and branding, art, function, community evolution, and social impact. 

With over 15 years of experience, she leads Maestra’s brand strategy work. Stacie has worked with entities ranging from Amazon Fashion, Oscar de la Renta, IMG, James de Givenchy, Etihad Airways, Mastercard, Washington DC Department of Corrections, International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute, The National Theater to Vogue on building purpose driven brand identity campaigns and initiatives. Tapping into insights learned from past clients while also recognizing each organization’s distinct DNA, she targets appropriate brand alliances, defines messaging and tone, unearths the foundation of the company and business goals, then builds and amplifies the narrative to develop a refined strategy that is specific to the client partner.

She is dedicated to augmenting each client's storytelling through a unified partnership that insures the advancement of their goals through media placements, event programming, audience development guidance and social media content strategy.

Stacie Gillian is co-founder of Maestra. Her work over the last decade sits at the intersection of visual storytelling and branding, art, function, community evolution, and social impact. 

With over 15 years of experience, she leads Maestra’s brand strategy work. Stacie has worked with entities ranging from Amazon Fashion, Oscar de la Renta, IMG, James de Givenchy, Etihad Airways, Mastercard, Washington DC Department of Corrections, International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute, The National Theater to Vogue on building purpose driven brand identity campaigns and initiatives. Tapping into insights learned from past clients while also recognizing each organization’s distinct DNA, she targets appropriate brand alliances, defines messaging and tone, unearths the foundation of the company and business goals, then builds and amplifies the narrative to develop a refined strategy that is specific to the client partner.

She is dedicated to augmenting each client's storytelling through a unified partnership that insures the advancement of their goals through media placements, event programming, audience development guidance and social media content strategy.