Maya Wiley

President and CEO

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Maya Wiley is a nationally respected civil rights attorney and activist who has dedicated her life to the fights for justice, equality, and fairness. She is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Serving as the first Black woman counsel to the mayor of New York City, Wiley helped deliver on civil and immigrant rights. During her tenure, the city also saw an expansion of minority/women-owned business enterprises contracts. Following her time at City Hall, Wiley moved to academia as a faculty member and senior vice president for social justice at the New School University. While there, she chaired the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. As a Henry Cohen professor of public and urban policy at the New School, Wiley founded the Digital Equity Laboratory on universal and inclusive broadband. She also served as a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Wiley earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.