|Personal Details Summary|
|Birthday / Age / Date of Birth / How old / DOB||January 2, 1964. As of 2021, she is around 57 years old.|
|Marriage & Wedding / Husband / Engaged / Spouse||Married. See below for more details.|
|Who is Maya Wiley’s father?||George Wiley|
|Children / No. of Kids||2|
|Ethnicity / Origin / Heritage / Race||Black|
Maya Wiley is an American lawyer, professor, and civil-rights activist. World-renowned for her work on racial equity, she became more well-known when she joined MSNBC as a legal analyst.
Personal Life & Family Relationships :
- Maya Wiley was born in 1964 in Washington, DC. She is one of two children born to parents Wretha and George Wiley.
- Coming from a family of fighters, Maya’s father George was a legendary black civil rights leader, while her mother Wretha was a white woman who served on her college’s debate team and strongly supported racial justice.
- Now residing in Brooklyn, New York, Maya lives with her long-time partner, Harlan Mandel. Harlan is the CEO of Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) & has been a global investor in numerous independent media companies.
- The couple has two daughters, Naja and Kai. As of 2020, both the daughters are in their teens. The family also have their pet cats, Romeo and Maxie.
Early Life & Education :
- From the age of 2 till she was ten years old, Maya grew up in a low income, all-black neighborhood.
- Although her family was middle class, her parents wanted to experience firsthand the structural racism they were fighting against — and they did.
- Although she was at the top of her class at the inner-city public school, Maya was held two grades behind!
- In 4th grade, her parents transferred her into a private school.
- In 1986, Maya graduated from Dartmouth University with a degree in Psychology. Heavily involved in extracurriculars, she worked on a project for the divestment of South Africa, was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and was the career services liaison for the Afro-American Society Gospel Choir.
- Maya went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University in 1989. While there, she was the executive editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review; the president of the Black Law Student Association; a volunteer at the AIDS Discrimination Law Clinic; a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; the recipient of the Jane Marks Murphy Prize in clinical advocacy; and a Paul Robeson Fellow and Charles Evan Hughes Fellow.
Job, Salary & Net Worth :
- Over the course of her professional life, Maya has held numerous positions fighting for racial equity. During the 1990s, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the US programs at the Open Society Institute.
- In 2002, Maya founded the Center for Social Inclusion and served as president for over a decade.
- Later in the 2000s, she served as counselor to NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasi, and chair of the board for the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board — an independent police oversight agency.
- As of 2020, she works as the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School in NYC, and as a professor at the college’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.
- In 2018, Wiley joined NBC News and MSNBC as a legal analyst, where she continues to work to date.
Fun Facts, Awards & Trivia :
- Maya is not the first in her family to attend an Ivy League school – her dad George received his doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University.
- In 1973, George tragically drowned after falling overboard while sailing. Adding to the tragedy, Maya and Daniel were onboard and tried to throw him a line.
- Maya’s earliest memory of a career aspiration was to become a judge.
- In 2014 and 2015, City and State Magazine named Maya one of the “Most Powerful People in NYC.”
- In 2016, the magazine Good Housekeeping named her ‘One of 50 Over 50’ lists.
Maya Wiley Measurements :
- Eye Color : Brown
- Haircut / Hair Color : Black
- How tall is Maya Wiley Height : 5′ 9″
- Feet / Legs / Boots / Shoe Size : No confirmed information available.
- Pregnant ? : Currently, she is not expecting a baby.