Maggie Lear is the President of The Frances Lear Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on the environment, democracy, arts education and criminal justice reform. She is the Board Chair of Youth Represent, a non-profit in NYC which exists to improve the lives and futures of young people impacted by the criminal legal system. She works as a volunteer at Bottomless Closet to empower low-income women as they make their way into the workforce. For the past eight years she has been facilitating parent meetings in NYC’s Independent school system through Parents in Action. She is a Chair of the Youth Justice Funding Collaborative, a 21 year-old network of funders and activists who support organizations in New Orleans focused on decarceration. Maggie is a member of The Justice Fund at the New York Women’s Foundation. Maggie lives in NYC with her husband and two children, and considers herself a lifelong student of the issues that she cares about.
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