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Molly Jessica Mauer

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Molly designs and builds new projects in K-12 educational equity and adjacent areas of social policy. She oversees organizational operations, fundraising, strategy and several existing programs including Just Equations, the Whole Child Equity initiative, and Partners for Each and Every Child.

Through equity, engagement and evidence, the K-12 work at the Opportunity Institute is building an infrastructure of interconnected educational equity work, aiming to encourage a growing portion of the education policy community to break down barriers and advance sound educational equity policies and meaningful process, responsive to the needs of at-risk, underserved and politically underrepresented students and their families. It is a collaborative, nonpartisan network of education researchers, advocacy organizations, and policy experts committed to educational excellence for each and every child. 

Molly worked for the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office for Civil Rights specifically on the recent transformation of the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) and other equity-focused initiatives including the 2011-2013 Congressionally chartered, national bipartisan Commission for Equity and Excellence in Education.

Previously Molly was the assistant director of data and policy at the Education Trust—West in Oakland, Calif. 

Molly holds a B.A. in Education Psychology from Mills College and a M.S. in Education from New York University.


molly@theopportunityinstitute.org