Maya D. Wiley is an American civil rights activist, lawyer, and professor. Since May 2022, she has been the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Wiley has had a very stellar career. She has served as the chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, counsel to the mayor, and a university professor at The New School, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In terms of her personal life, Maya Wiley and Harlan Mandel have been married for more than two years.
In this article, we’ll cover all the details regarding her personal and professional life.
Meet Harlan Mandel, Maya Wiley’s Husband
Mandel went to the University of Pennsylvania and got a BA in international relations and Asian studies. He then got his Ph.D. in law at Columbia University School of Law, where he met his wife, Wiley.
Even though they both got law degrees, they used their knowledge in different ways once they graduated.
Wiley moved into civil rights law and has spent most of her career working on issues of equality and fairness. Mandel, for one, has focused on concerns about free speech.
Harlan Mandel and Maya Wiley have two daughters together. Their names are Naja and Kai Wiley Mandel. The whole family lives in Brooklyn.
Know About Maya Wiley’s Career
Wiley worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in the Civil Division. In 2013, Wiley was talked about as a possible president of the NAACP, but Cornell William Brooks got the job instead.
She worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Open Society Institute before being named counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014. Wiley was de Blasio’s lawyer for two and a half years. During that time, she came up with the phrase “agents of the city” to keep the public from finding out about de Blasio’s conversations with lobbyists.
She also started the Center for Social Inclusion and was its president. This is a national policy strategy group that works to end structural racism. Wiley was a political and legal analyst on MSNBC and taught at The New School.
Wiley ran for mayor of New York City in the Democratic primary in 2021. In June 2021, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a U.S. representative, and former presidential candidates Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren all backed Wiley. She also had the support of the band The Strokes, whose song “Starting Again” was used in an ad for her campaign. On June 12, 2021, the band also held a charity concert at Irving Plaza. In the Democratic primary, Wiley came in third, after Eric Adams and Kathryn Garcia.
Wiley is The New School’s senior vice president for social justice and a professor at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. Wiley was named president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister group, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, on May 2, 2022.