Maya Wiley

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Maya Wiley
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Born (1963-01-02) January 2, 1963 (age 57) or (1964-01-02) January 2, 1964 (age 56)[1]
EducationDartmouth College (BS)
Columbia University (JD)
Known forActivism
Spouse(s)Harlan Mandel
ChildrenNaja Wiley-Mandel and Kai Wiley-Mandel

Maya Wiley (born 1963 or 1964)[1] is an American civil rights activist and former board chair[2] of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), an independent and impartial police oversight agency. Wiley was appointed to this role in September 2016.[3] Prior to her role at the CCRB, Wiley served as counsel to the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. Wiley is currently the senior vice president for Social Justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. Wiley was announced as an MSNBC Legal Analyst on August 27, 2018.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

According to her January 2, 2019 appearance on the MSNBC show The Beat with Ari Melber, 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.[1][5] Wiley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School


Wiley served in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.[6] Before being appointed counsel to the mayor in 2014, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Open Society Institute. She also founded and served as president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national policy strategy organization dedicated to dismantling structural racism.[7][8][9][10]

In 2013, she was mentioned as a potential president of the NAACP, but the post went instead to Cornell William Brooks.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Wiley lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Maya Wiley's push for civil rights". Politico. July 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Mueller, Benjamin (31 August 2017). "Chairwoman Steps Down at New York City Police Oversight Agency". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Two New Appointments To CCRB". The official website of the City of New York. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  4. ^ "MSNBC Public Relations on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  5. ^ "Wretha Wiley Obituary - Abilene, Texas |". 2013-02-12.
  6. ^ "Maya Wiley Joins CPD Board of Directors". The Center for Popular Democracy. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. ^ "Maya Wiley". City of New York.
  8. ^ "27 Black Women Activists Everyone Should Know". For Harriet. February 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "De Blasio Picks More Liberal Activists Than Managers for City Posts". The New York Times. February 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "The Women of New York's City Hall". The New York Times. May 9, 2014.
  11. ^ "Who's going to be the next president of the NAACP?". The Washington Post. September 20, 2013.

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