Maiya Williams Verrone
Pacific Palisades, California
Writer, television producer, and mentor, Maiya Williams Verrone is passionate about using storytelling to instill hope in young people.
Verrone is co-executive producer of the television comedy series The Last O.G. and has extensive writing and producing credits that include The Haunted Hathaways, Futurama, MADtv, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
An accomplished author, she has published five novels for middle-grade readers, receiving the Southern California Book Association Award for Best First Novel.
Verrone is dedicated to numerous mentoring efforts, including Write Girl, an organization that empowers young women through self-expression. “It’s gratifying to help young women find, develop, and use their voice.”
Her writing and producing career began at Harvard College, where she produced two plays and was the first Black woman editor of the Harvard Lampoon. Now a trustee of the Lampoon, Verrone is a long-standing Harvard volunteer and alumni interviewer, currently serving as area chair. She reinvigorated the Harvard Black Alumni Society’s Los Angeles chapter, where she is the current president. Verrone also serves in multiple leadership roles for the Harvard Club of Southern California, including founding chair of the Club’s Anti-Racism Committee.
“The most gratifying aspect of attending Harvard was meeting, being inspired by, and collaborating with the vast array of talented, intellectually curious people. Organizing events for the alumni community has allowed me to witness that same synergy. Extraordinary people from different backgrounds come together, interact, and depart invigorated. I look forward to facilitating more of these connections.”