Meet Maya

Maya Wiley has spent her entire life fighting for our communities and for our City. Maya Wiley is running for Mayor to make New York City a place where every New Yorker can afford to live with dignity. She stands up for all New Yorkers and has a vision for a City where no matter who we are or how we see ourselves, we can find a home here. 

Maya is the progressive choice for New York —  her vision is a New York that rises from the ashes of twin pandemics — coronavirus and systemic racism that denies opportunity to people of color. New York must rise together; rising above hate, rising from joblessness to dignity, rising from homelessness to hope, rising from an affordability crisis to communities that sustain all of us.  

This is within our reach, but it requires courageous leadership that fearlessly confronts the realities New Yorkers face. Leadership that marshals all of the government’s resources to lift up the people, not Wall Street, Big Tech, or the NYPD. Leadership  that transcends the business-as-usual governmental tinkering to make truly transformational progress. Leadership that will beat a path to shared prosperity — to become one city, rising together, into a future we build and live together.

Maya Wiley is the leader who will get us there.  She learned about organizing and fighting for dignity from her father, a civil rights leader, and went on to overcome the challenges of being a Black student at Dartmouth College and Columbia Law School. She became a civil rights lawyer and used her expertise to protect a maternity ward in Harlem with the NAACP and to defend our rights at the ACLU. Wanting to give back, Maya founded a non-profit and spent the next dozen years dedicated to addressing racism, and later as legal counsel to the mayor. 

Maya is a leader in city government and in spurring democratic change. As Counsel to the Mayor, she delivered for New York City on civil and immigrant rights, women and minority owned business contracts, universal broadband access and more. In the five years since she left City Hall, she held police accountable as Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board and worked to improve public education as a Co-Chair of the School Diversity Task Force. At the New School, where she served as a University Professor, she founded the Digital Equity Laboratory on universal and inclusive broadband. She also served as a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC — where she argued against Trump’s attacks on our civil liberties and democratic norms — and was the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion. Maya was also Senior Advisor on Race and Poverty at the Open Society Foundations, the largest funder of human rights work the world over. She lives in Brooklyn with her long-term partner, Harlan, and their two daughters.