Maya Wiley is an American professor, civil rights activist, and lawyer. She was born on 2 January 1963, in Washington D.C., United States. She was also the board chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board.
She is currently the vice president for social justice and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at New School. She also works for MSNBC as a legal analyst.
Date of birth
2 January 1963
Washington D.C., United States.
professor, civil rights activist, and lawyer
Family and Early Life:
Wiley is the daughter of the late George Alvin Wiley and Wretha Frances. She was born into a family of fighters: her father, was a legendary black civil rights leader, and her mother, Wretha, was a white woman who was a member of her college's debate team and was a passionate supporter of racial justice.
She studied law at Colombia University and received her Juris Doctor degree. She was the executive editor of the Colombian human rights legal review and president of the black law student association during her time there. She also helped out at the AIDS Distribution Law Clinic.
The estimated net worth of lawyer Maya Wiley is around $5 million. She makes her earnings through her successful professional career as a civil rights activist. Her average annual income is approximated to be $83,377.
Maya Wiley is married to her long-time boyfriend Harlan Mandel. He is the Managing Director of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). The duo has two beautiful daughters, Kal Wiley and Naja Wiley. They also have two cats, Maxie and Romeo.
Wiley has had several high-profile academic and advisory positions over her professional career. She established the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) in 2001, a national policy strategy organization dedicated to eliminating structural racism.
She worked with the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Open Society Institution before being named Chief Legal Advisor to New York City's 109th Mayor, Bill de Blasio, in 2014.
Furthermore, She worked as a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio's cabinet to extend affordable broadband access across the city, advance civil and human rights and gender equity, and enhance the effectiveness of the city's support for women-Owned Businesses.
She also managed the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), an independent and unbiased police oversight organization in New York City. She was named Henry Cohen Professor of Public and Urban Policy at The New School's Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment in 2016, as well as senior Vice President for Social Justice.
Moreover, Maya Wiley has been a frequent contributor to leading news sites such as Time Magazine, The Guardian, and Essence.com in addition to being a Legal Analyst for NBC News. She was named an MSNBC legal commentator in 2018.