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Levi C. Maaia = “Leave-eye Sea My-uh”
A maker, explorer and leader focused on equitable and sustainable solutions.

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Levi is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. He earned a PhD in education at UC Santa Barbara where his ethnographic research focused on a maker-based, STEM education initiative in which he led high school students in designing and building hardware and software solutions in order to solve complex problems. He presently serves on the ARISS-US Education Committee, a NASA-sponsored STEM initiative to connect students with astronauts aboard the International Space Station via amateur radio.

Through Maaia Communications, Levi helps small businesses and creative projects thrive in today’s highly competitive environment. He’s built a deep understanding of what it takes, ranging from the business basics of negotiating favorable contracts to the massive task of rebuilding a technical infrastructure to truly compete — and everything in between.

Levi’s own lifelong interest and involvement in cutting-edge technology began in his high school and college days. One example is ComCreations, the interactive design and development company he founded in 1996. Levi also collaborated with two fellow students at Boston University to form Green Line TV: an early video site that was among the first to stream independent film and video content online.

From 2004-2018, under Levi’s leadership, Full Channel, an independent communications provider, successfully turned around a declining subscriber base while making highly successful forays into digital and high-definition television, TV Everywhere content streaming, IP telephony and renewable energy solutions. This included the groundbreaking GreenLink® initiative: an innovative partnership to deliver broadband services via 100% local wind power. As a result of these efforts, industry trade publication Cablefax honored him and his team with a Top Ops Award.

Levi is a private, instrument-rated, land and seaplane pilot. He enjoys sailing, amateur radio, photography and tinkering with his 1966 Mustang.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS & AFFILIATIONS

  • ARISS-US Education Committee • Founding Member
    A NASA-sponsored educational outreach program connecting students with astronauts aboard the International Space Station
  • Angel Flight West • Command Pilot
    An L.A.-based nonprofit providing air transport for children and adults with serious medical conditions
  • Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club • Board of Directors
  • Cablefax • Top Ops Award

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Journalism, Emerson College
  • B.S. in Film and Television, Boston University

MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS