The
Founder

Susanne is one of the leading innovators and formulators in Clean, High- Performance skincare. Her formulations are exacting, thoughtful with unmatched performance – they are the reason why Maya Chia has become one of the most lauded skincare brands in the cluttered Clean Beauty space. Every formulation released from our studio in Charleston, SC has received prestigious accolades – and this is due to Susanne’s unrelenting drive for perfection. If Susanne does not feel a formulation is unique and exceptional, she will not release it to her audience. Period. 
 
Although Susanne started her career in politics, she always had a passion for skincare. Her career began as a political speechwriter. Susanne went on to earn a master’s degree at Harvard University.

After school, she oversaw the external communications and social media outreach activities for Dunkin’ Brands and Kellogg Company and its subsidiaries, including Kashi. She has since acted as a senior communications advisor, and wrote speeches for C-suite executives at Fortune 100 companies, including Revlon and Walgreens.

Maya Chia Beauty was launched in December of 2014 when Susanne left her corporate career to pursue her passion. Susanne was always keenly interested in the act of skin care rituals, and how little acts of self care can profoundly transform the way one feels about themselves. 

Susanne had a lifelong interest in the Maya people that started with her father, who was a surgeon, and traveled to Guatemala to perform cleft lip and palate repair surgery on the Maya.

As she casually happened across the mention of chia, she realized that it was an unmatched nutritional powerhouse with proven skincare benefits – and also happened to be a staple of the Maya people for thousands of years. In fact, in the Mayan language “chia” is the word for “strength”.

Susanne’s interest in learning more about the Mayan culture increased with the addition of her two stepchildren who were both born in Guatemala, an area rich in Maya heritage. When she learned chia was a staple for the Maya, and held untold skin benefits, Maya Chia was born.