Meet the team
Founder and CEO
Anjali Maazel is the founder and CEO of Anja Education Consultants and the proud mom of a thriving graduate student, published researcher, recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships, and two-time intern at NASA. A Ted Talk speaker, she is invited by high schools around the world to speak on college admissions.
For over 15 years, Anjali worked as an alumna interviewer for Princeton University and obtained an in-depth understanding of the Ivy League admissions process. She also draws on a lifetime in the arts, international education and public relations to offer the highest caliber college and graduate admissions guidance. Anjali works with a limited number of students in order to offer highly personalized guidance and the highest quality mentoring to each and every one of them. As a seasoned college counselor and a parent, she fully understands families' concerns. She empowers parents with strategic information and support to navigate the system smoothly and successfully.
100% of Anjali’s clients to date were admitted to at least one of their top 3 schools and have obtained academic merit and talent based scholarships up to $276,000. Acceptances include schools such as Yale University, Cornell University, Rice University, Johns Hopkins, Colgate University and the Rhode Island School of Design as well as liberal arts colleges such as Swarthmore, Carleton, and Barnard.
Anjali grew up in New York City, receiving visual arts training at the Art Students League, dance instruction at the Harkness School and American Ballet Theater School, and piano study with a teacher from the Juilliard School. As the daughter of a composer and the former director of the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France and the Vienna State Opera among others, she travelled extensively as a child and acquired an intimate knowledge of how talent is developed, managed and promoted. She attended the Lycée Français de New York, from first grade through high school, obtaining a French Baccalauréat with Honors. Princeton University awarded her a full year of college credit as a result, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in Romance Languages, writing her thesis on the adaptation of a French novel into film. At Princeton, in addition to fulfilling pre-med requirements, she was trained in theater, photography and film production and continued this training at the New School, HB Studios in NYC and at the University of Southern California graduate film school. Her time at Princeton included a junior year abroad with the Sarah Lawrence program in Paris, France and summer study in Salzburg organized by Cornelius Bull, the founder of the Center for Interim Studies.
After college, she worked at entertainment public relations firm Rogers & Cowan, took postgraduate writing courses at the University of California Los Angeles, Warren Wilson College and Columbia University, as well as Adolescent Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She then lived and worked in Rome and Paris for over a decade, writing and translating for corporate clients, teaching English to students at the University of Paris, offering writing workshops and advising students about study in the United States while continuing to interview students for Princeton. She speaks 7 languages and is attuned to the needs of international and multicultural students.
Anjali returned to the United States and settled in Austin, TX where she wrote curriculum for Pearson Prentice Hall textbooks and founded Anja Education Consultants. She also worked in the community in Austin, volunteering her services at ACE Academy, a school for gifted children. At ACE, she leveraged her contacts for the Fundraising Committee. She drew on her extensive PR experience to increase the school's visibility and expand their network of supporters. She then created a special relationship with the Austin Lyric Opera as Arts Enrichment Coordinator, organizing social events and curriculum enrichment around 14 operas over 6 years. In addition, as College Counseling Consultant at ACE, she educated high school families, edited the school profile and course catalogue, advised staff on how to present the newly created program to universities, invited college representatives, coordinated access to college fairs, and successfully guided the senior class in the application process. They were all admitted to at least one of their top choice schools and obtained scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $276,000.
A member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, a graduate of the Mindfulness Training Institute, and founder of Mindful Today, Daria is our go-to expert on stress management for teens. She is certified to teach this secular approach to meditation and is experienced with teaching online as well as in person. Her mission is to share the benefits of this very practical, accessible, and profound approach to meditation with teens and their parents because it has been shown in scientific studies to reduce anxiety and increase well-being. Apart from teaching one on one, she has been invited to give mindfulness workshops at international conferences for neuroscientists such as the FENS, Forum of European Neuro Scientists, Paris 2022. We are thrilled to have her on our team!
Gap Year Specialist
Holly also runs a successful practice, which offers students of all ages carefully vetted and highly diverse gap year opportunities. Anjali is a proud graduate of her center's programs, and we are thrilled to be working we her.
"Through working with Anjali, Megan has been accepted to her dream school in her dream country and will be undertaking a degree she is genuinely excited about. We could not be any more appreciative and grateful."
Kathrine H, Megan's mom (Bocconi University, Milan)