Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng was born on August 15th, 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Born to Ann Dunham, she is the maternal half-sister of the current President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Her father was Indonesian businessman, Lolo Soetero.
Named after Maya Angelou, Soetero-Ng attended the private Punahou School in Hawaii just as her half-brother did. She went on to graduate from Barnard College, which is located in Manhattan, New York. She would also get her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Language Studies and English from New York University. She added on to her educational resume by getting a Ph.D in International Comparative Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She used her education to work as a high school history teacher at La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls in Honolulu, Hawaii and teaches nighttime courses at the University of Hawaii. She also worked at The Learning Project, which is an alternative middle school in New York City.
Soetoro-Ng has one child, Suhaila Ng with her husband Konrad Ng.
Maya Soetoro-Ng also campaigned for her half-bother during his run for Presidency of the United States. Her campaigning included her contribution during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.