Molly Reilly worked as a strategist and trainer with JASS, coordinating JASS’ Education Rights and Resources Project on governance and public school reform in Washington, DC. With a background in law, human rights and gender equality, Molly was the Director of Programs at Women, Law and Development International from 1998-2001 where she coordinated a multi-country learning and action program aimed at using human rights as an advocacy tool on a range of issues at local and national levels. In addition to her efforts aimed at strengthening leadership and transnational women’s rights networks, she also coordinated the documentation of experiences which were compiled in Becoming an Advocate Step by Step, co-edited with Margaret Schuler. From 1996-1998, Molly served as the Assistant Director of the Global Women in Politics program where she oversaw strategic grantmaking and capacity-building to groups working on gender violence, migration and women’s political participation. Molly teaches a Masters course on advocacy for the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. In the late 80s and early 90s, she served as a Legislative Aid and worked with the US State Department.
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Molly has a law degree from the University of Michigan. She is also an avid reader and lover of fine art.