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Liya Ma

Senior Director

Contact Information
  • Master of Business Administration, Yale University 
  • Bachelor of Science, Hotel Administration, Cornell University 

Liya Ma

Senior Director

Liya has more than 14 years of hospitality experience including asset management, investment, and strategic advisory. As Senior Director, she provides asset management services for a portfolio of hotels. 

Prior to joining HotelAVELiya was a Director of Strategy at WATG, where she led strategic advisory projects for global hotel and mixed-use developments, and performed economic and market trend analysis to guide internal strategy. Prior to WATG, Liya has extensive hotel asset management, advisory and investment experience with a number of domestic companies, leveraging data analytics, benchmarking and financial modeling to optimize operational and financial results.  

Liya is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Don’t be in the business of playing it safe. Be in the business of creating possibilities for greatness. – Bob Iger 

Affiliations and Certifications
  • Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) – Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter, Member 
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI): Member 
Has worked at hotelAVE since
Interests and Hobbies

Liya enjoys traveling with her husband and three young children, hiking around Southern California, and playing the violin.