Maya's parents were philantropists and charity workers all over the globe. She travelled her whole childhood, being homeschooled up till she was 16. When her parents went out on another trip, she stayed home in Chicago. She held a party, which some uninvited guests crashed. She and her boyfriend Austin Sinclair got bitten.
She faked her own kidnapping for her parents. She demanded a million dollars, and then she faked her own death for them. She was helped to execute this plan by Lindsey Price. With the money, she and Austin planned to take off to start on their own. However Lindsey took the money from them, and added it to the bank account of the Independent Vampires. She offered them a spot, but Maya refused.
Lindsey allowed them to leave, without the money. Maya and Austin headed west, where they encountered the Eurekas. They claimed wanting to take down The Independent Vampires and so Maya agreed to join them.
In Season Six Maya is contacted by Tom Wayland. He reveals to be her sire, and in need of her help to spy on the Dawsons. Maya declines, saying she has already sided with false promises once, and she expresses her impatience with the Eurekas. Tom tells her that if she helps him, The Dawsons will take down the Eureka's and she will be free.
After originally passing the deal, Austin goes behind Maya's back and he agrees for the two of them. Maya and Austin enter an aliance to spy on the Eureka's for Tom, who is spying for Jade who is giving Alyssa intell to give to the Dawsons.
Maya is a young girl who enjoys parties and freedom. She values her privacy a lot, and has high standards for honesty and friendship.