Maya Mateshvili coordinates and facilitates partnership visits between selected Georgian and American TV and radio stations annually selected to participate in the Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP).
Since joining IREX in 2012, Maya has coordinated IREX’s media partnerships for GMPP, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in Tbilisi. She liaises with local stakeholders to develop and foster partnerships between Georgian broadcasters and their American counterparts to build strong, collegial and lasting relationships via professional exchanges and enhance journalistic, technological and business management skills of Georgian regional media outlets.
Maya has over ten years’ experience in corporate communications, public outreach, media relations, social advocacy, project management and interpretation/translation. Prior to joining IREX, she coordinated public relations for a USAID-funded agricultural export development project, oversaw communications for the United Nations World Health Organization country office in Georgia, and managed an EU-funded project advocating for vulnerable childrens’ rights in the country.
Maya is an alumna of three U.S. academic exchange programs. As an Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship recipient, she holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also studied English at Mississippi State University for two semesters on the Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange (UGRAD) program, and spent high school senior year of high school in Hudson, Iowa as a Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program finalist.