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Maya Wiley    

Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School

Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. An attorney, 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, an honor bestowed on academics who advance learning through ought the University. 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. She is the author of numerous Opinion Editorials on issues ranging from digital equity, criminal justice, education and impeachment, in multiple publications ranging from Buzzfeed, Fast Company, New Republic,, the Guardian and the New York Daily News.

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.

In 2019 City & State named Ms. Wiley one of it’s honorees in the Power of Diversity: Black 100 list of politically influential New Yorkers. In 2018 and 2019, Ms. Wiley was been named one of the world’s top 100 leaders in Digital Government by Apolitical. In 2016 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.

Ms. Wiley holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A in psychology from Dartmouth College.

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