Maya Wiley

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Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley is the founder and Director of Tides Center project Center for Social Inclusion, an applied research and advocacy organization which supports community groups to dismantle structural racism. A civil rights attorney and social justice advocate, she has worked for the ACLU, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Maya Wiley also served as an advisor to the Open Society Institute and as a consultant to the Open Society Foundation. She has assisted several nonprofits on program and strategy development.


Wiley was born on January 2, 1963 or 1964. Wiley grew up in Washington, D.C. Her father was civil rights leader George Wiley. Her mother, Wretha Frances (Whittle) Wiley, was white, and inspired her to focus on progressive issues. Wiley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

She is now Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School.

Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. She has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. Ms. Wiley is currently a University Professor at the New School University. She previously served as the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at the New School University and the Henry Cohen Professor of Public and Urban Policy at The New School’s Milano School of Management, Policy & Environment. She is an expert on Digital Equity and founded and Co-Directs the New School’s Digital Equity Laboratory. Ms. Wiley is also a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Prior to the New School she was Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio. As the Mayor’s chief legal advisor and a member of his Senior Cabinet, Ms. Wiley was placed at the helm of the Mayor’s commitment to expanding affordable broadband access across New York City, advancing civil and human rights and gender equity, and increasing the effectiveness of the City's support for Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprises. She also served as the Mayor's liaison to the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.

Among her awards, in 2018 and 2019, Ms. Wiley was been named one of the world’s top 100 leaders in Digital Government by Apolitical. In 2017 Good Housekeeping Magazine honored Ms. Wiley as one of its “50 over 50.” City and State Magazine named Ms. Wiley one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City in 2014 and in 2015. Named one of 20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change by The Root in 2011. She was also honored as a Moves Magazine Power Woman in 2009.

Tides Center

In 2009 Maya Wiley was listed as a member of the board of directors of the Tides Center[1].

"Pursuing Justice and Meaningful Allyship"


Committee of 100 Social Justice Speaker Series Presents: Pursuing Justice and Meaningful Allyship June 26, 2020.

▦ Speaker: Maya Wiley, Civil Rights Activist, Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and former Board Chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board ▦ Moderator: Stewart Kwoh, Founder and past President of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles; C100 Member ▦ Time: 4pm Pacific Time / 7pm Eastern Time on June 26, 2020.

In the weeks following the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, we've seen protests take place across the country, demanding justice and structural change not only in policing but how we engage with Black and Brown communities. This discussion will provide further context on systemic biases in the criminal and economic systems and how those in the Asian American community can be allies in substantive ways.

Radical assistant

Ana Maria Reichenbach was a Research Assistant to Maya Wiley at The New School, Jun 2017 – Nov 2018

Co-facilitate meetings for Digital Sanctuary gatherings. Develop comprehensive profile mapping twenty years of grassroots and government-funded digital equity initiatives in Detroit

Social Policy

The Editorial Advisory Group of the magazine Social Policy includes[2];

Noam Chomsky, Janice Fine, S. M. Miller, Peter Olney, Frances Fox Piven, Heather Booth, Peter Dreier, Maya Wiley, Robert Fisher, Ashutosh Saxena, Ken Grossinger

Organizing the Recovery

Organizing the Recovery: State-Based Activism on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was held at Capitol Skyline Hotel 10 “I” Street SW, Washington, DC May 10-12, 2010.[3]

Participants included Maya Wiley - Center for Social Inclusion.

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity Advisory Board/2012

Ear to the Ground Project

Ear to the Ground Project;

We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:

Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Maya Wiley was among those on the list. [5]