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Levi C. Maaia = “Leave-eye Sea My-uh”


ACHIEVEMENTS & AFFILIATIONS:

Santa Barbara Airport Commission • Commissioner
Appointed by the Santa Barbara City Council to serve from 2022-2025

ARISS-USA Education Committee • Founding Member
A NASA-sponsored STEM education outreach program connecting students with astronauts aboard the International Space Station

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards • Best Documentary Feature Director; Best Producer

Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) Life Member

Angel Flight West • Command Pilot
An L.A.-based nonprofit providing air transport for children and adults with serious medical conditions

The Explorers Club • Member National ’13

Federal Aviation Administration • 
Private Pilot – Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea; Instrument Airplane

Federal Communications Commission • Amateur Extra Class Radio License K6LCM

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club / Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation • Board of Directors; K6TZ Trustee

Cablefax • Top Ops Award

Levi is a Maker, explorer, ethnographer and educator focused on equitable and sustainable solutions to complex challenges.

As a filmmaker and communicator, Levi has a knack for making the invisible visible. He began his media career in FM radio, cable television and broadband where he became fascinated by the potential for technology to educate, and open a window on the world. He earned a Ph.D. studying Maker culture and STEM education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Levi produced “A Beautiful Sound,” a PBS/WSBE documentary on the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He directed and produced “Pathways to Invention,” a documentary feature funded by The Lemelson Foundation and hosted and produced “Intents & Purposes,” a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB-FM focused on in-depth interviews with artists, researchers and scientists. He is the recipient of a Cablefax Top Op award for his executive leadership and the co-founder of Maaia Mark Productions, an L.A.-based film and TV production company focused on amplifying the voices of innovative people doing extraordinary things.

He is a private, instrument-rated, land and seaplane pilot serving on the Santa Barbara Airport Commission, a licensed amateur radio operator and an avid photographer. He is a founding member of the education committee for a NASA-sponsored outreach program aboard the International Space Station.

He likes to tinker with his 1966 Mustang to keep it running.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. in Journalism, Emerson College
B.S. in Film and Television, Boston University

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