A native of North Charleston, Maya Hollinshead is a program assistant with the Medical University of South Carolina Library where she is responsible for coordinating the university's Hands of Health-South Carolina website to provide South Carolina residents with reliable health-related information. She joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2010.

Active in several civic and professional organizations, Hollinshead is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, the American Library Association, the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association.

She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in library and information studies, both from the University of South Carolina. She also has a certificate in organizational and corporate communications from the College of Charleston.