Maya Wiley
Published June 18, 2013
Updated February 11, 2021

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Update [02/20/2021]: Maya Wiley is a candidate for New York City mayor. 

Maya Wiley is the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization focused on addressing issues of racial inequity. This nationally recognized expert can speak on a wide range of topics including agricultural sustainability, the U.S. economy, education, race, civic engagement and the justice system. She has frequently been a featured guest and panelist on various MSNBC political commentary programs like All In With Chris Hayes , Up with Steve Kornacki, Melissa Harris-Perry and The Cycle.

Wiley has authored many articles in various publications like the Huffington Post and The Grio. She is a licensed civil rights attorney and policy advocate, and has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Department, in the Poverty and Justice Program of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Prior to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, Wiley was a senior advisor on race and poverty to the Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute and helped develop and implement the Open Society Foundation, South Africa’s Criminal Justice Initiative.

Founder, President of the Center for Social Inclusion

Areas of Expertise:  Race, Racial Justice, Racial Equity, Public Policy

Location: New York, NY

Twitter: @mayawiley@theCSI


Last Updated August 27, 2020

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