Washington Business Journal Woman Who Mean Business Honoree
Original Article published on the Washington Business Journal’s Website on Oct 8, 2020. Written by Amanda Long – Contributing Writer
Paola Moya’s life has been a refutation of borders and barriers — in other words, the things that keep us apart. The projects she takes on to design and the buildings she helps to shape reflect that ethos.
Since emigrating from Bogota, Colombia, to America when she was 18, Moya has been on the move. First, delivering pizzas on the roads of Montgomery County and chasing dogs around a kennel, all while attending college. In college, she pursued architecture, landing an assistant project manager job at a firm while still in college. At age 32, she was made partner at D.C.’s Marshall Moya Design, one of the youngest women of color to do so. While there, she worked at every stage of the interior renovation of the Howard Theatre and collaborated on high-profile projects including Audi Field and Chuck Brown Memorial Park.
In 2017, the already rapid pace of both her professional and personal lives quickened. Moya launched Moya Design Partners, a boutique firm built on incorporating architecture, interior design and graphic services. She kept the door wide open, as always, working on corporate projects and deepening her involvement in housing for low-income families and women affected by domestic violence. Toward this goal, Moya has also hosted Art After Dark, a twice-annual charity event to support D.C. women and artists of color while raising funds to alleviate homelessness.In 2019, she increased revenue over the previous year in all three service categories: a 77% increase in architecture, 24% increase in interior design and a 110% in visual design — tripling net income over the previous year.