Maya Peterson

Senior Director, Culture & Creative Insights @ Viacom Velocity

Maya Peterson is the Senior Director of Culture and Insights Group at Viacom. In this role, Peterson and the team develop insights on cultural trends – and fans’ relationships to them – to help shape digital, social and linear content for Viacom’s advertising partners. Peterson is the supervising producer of The Culture of Proximity, the first in a series of original documentaries from Velocity, Viacom’s branded content studio.  The film explores the impact of the convergence of brands, celebrities, fans and content creators on pop culture. This year Maya and team have produced four additional chapters of thought leadership that build on that foundational work and provide insight into Gen Z and Millennial behavior for brands.

Previously, Maya served as Director of Project Leadership at Scratch, a specialized team of cultural and strategy experts that has since become Velocity’s Creative Strategy group. While at Scratch, Maya translated consumer insights into innovative brand-building strategies and creative projects for internal initiatives as well as for external clients across a wide range of industries, including General Motors, Everytown For Gun Safety and Hillary for America.

Maya holds an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, where she was a Fellowship Recipient of both the Forte Foundation and The Consortium. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.