Neepa Maitra did her undergraduate degree at the University of Otago in New Zealand, where she grew up. She obtained her Ph.D. at Harvard University, and after postdocs at the University of California, Berkeley, and Rutgers, she took a physics faculty position at Hunter College, City University of New York, where she does fundamental research in time-dependent density-functional theory. She sometimes uses model systems of two interacting particles to figure out exact properties of Kohn-Sham potentials, and her favorite system is her daughters. In this case, however, she can almost prove a Kohn-Sham potential does not exist.