Women of Color Owned & Operated.

Welcome to Maestra, a Black women-owned and operated firm inspired by Alice Walker's description of Zora Neale Hurston's work as a Maestrapiece, "the feminine perspective or part of the structure, whether in stone or fancy, without which the entire edifice is a lie."

As creators, strategists, and innovators — De’Ara Balenger & Stacie Gillian founded maestra with the intention of building community and amplifying stories that are typically untold, undersold, or marginalized.

— Our Expertise

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

Our clients and partners range from film & media, entertainment, fashion and hospitality to non-profit organizations, government entities, telecommunications, finance and everything in between

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