A champion for Maryland working families
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is a longtime fighter for Maryland’s working families running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all. The daughter of an Air Force veteran, Maya grew up in diverse communities with access to quality health care and educational opportunities. Her parents grew up in the Jim Crow South, and taught Maya and her siblings — only the fourth generation removed from slavery — to work hard, give back, and never take the rights and opportunities they enjoyed for granted. A proud HBCU graduate, she went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and dedicated her career to improving working families’ lives. Maya became a legislative aide in 1998 and worked tirelessly to educate Congress about dangerous Social Security privatization proposals and helped build the coalition to fight back. She went on to serve as senior resident scholar for health and income security at the National Urban League and served as vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. In 2005, Maya joined the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and was elected Board Chair in 2012, the first African American woman to hold that position. In 2008, Maya married the love of her life, the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, whom she’d met while working on Capitol Hill in the late 90s. She and her dog Andy reside in Baltimore’s Madison Park neighborhood in the home Congressman Cummings lived in for more than thirty years.
A proven leader dedicated to expanding opportunity for all
Maya has devoted her life’s work to honoring the sacrifices of the past by pushing for a more equal and inclusive future that expands opportunities for all. Throughout her career, Maya has fought for those who have been historically left out of our nation’s wealth and prosperity. She has worked to address disparities in health care, especially for communities of color and Black women, advocated for our children’s health and well-being across the country, and led the fight to push back against President George W. Bush’s efforts to privatize Social Security. A small business owner since 2005, she has worked to strengthen and expand opportunities for entrepreneurs in Baltimore. In 2018, Maya was elected Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. In this volunteer role, she worked to implement her Go DEEP strategy focused on strengthening the party at the grassroots, registering more Marylanders to vote, supporting local candidates, protecting voters, and strengthening Maryland’s role ahead of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. A lifelong champion for social justice, human rights, and strengthening the well-being of kids, seniors, families, and workers, Maya has served on a number of boards dedicated to improving the lives of the people in her community and around the country, including Year Up Baltimore, the Baltimore Museum of Art, National Association of Counties Financial Services Corporation, Economic Policy Institute, National Academy of Social Insurance, National Council on Aging, Sustainable Health Enterprises, and Campaign for America’s Future.
An opportunity to elect a champion for Maryland families to Congress
Maya is running in the special election for the open seat most recently held by the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. Throughout her life, her driving principle has been to create a more equal and inclusive society for everyone. She has devoted her career to closing racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities to create opportunities for every single American. She believes the future of our country belongs to everyone, and in Congress, she’ll fight every day to make that a reality. The fast-approaching Democratic primary is on February 4th. Let’s show Maya the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for Maryland working families to the House.