Board of Directors

BOARD:The Maya Gold Foundation is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Each Board member brings a sincere commitment to our work and unique skills and qualities which we value deeply. MEMBERS: Mathew Swerdloff, Maya’s dad and the Board President, has served as an educator in New York State’s public schools for over thirty


HISTORY:The Maya Gold Foundation was created in response to the tragic death of 15-year old Maya Gold, a New Paltz High School student who took her own life in October of 2015. Maya’s parents, Elise Gold and Mathew Swerdloff, launched the organization with help from community members and friends, in response to the social pressures


Find our mission statement, core values, and commitments here. MISSION:The mission of the Maya Gold Foundation is to empower youth to access their inner wisdom and realize their dreams. Inspired by Maya’s empathy and bright spirit, the Foundation’s Core Values and Commitments are below: CORE VALUES:Uplift and empower youth and adultsPromote and embrace changeWork with