Molly Kinder

Molly Kinder

Fellow – Brookings Metro

Molly Kinder is a Fellow at Brookings Metro, examining the present and future of work, especially for low-wage workers, women and workers of color. Kinder’s current research brings the voices and perspectives of workers at the frontline of COVID-19 to inform policy recommendations to better compensate, protect, and support essential workers. Kinder’s research on essential workers has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, NPR, and the BBC.

Previously, Kinder was a nonresident Senior Fellow at New America and Director of Research for its Work, Workers & Technology initiative. She is the lead author of the report, “Worker Voices: Technology and the Future for Workers” with Amanda Lenhart, exploring the perspectives of 40 workers across the country whose jobs are at high risk of automation.

Kinder was a professor of practice and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. She taught a new graduate-level course at Georgetown’s McCourt School on the social, economic and policy implications of artificial intelligence.

Kinder has nearly 20 years of experience in policy, research, and innovation. Previously, she was Vice President and co-founder of a $200 million social impact fund and served in the Obama administration as director in a new innovation program at USAID. Kinder is co-author of the Center for Global Development’s best-selling book, “Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health.”

  • Current Positions

    • Fellow, Brookings Metro
  • Past Positions

    • Senior Adviser, Work, Workers and Technology, New America
    • McCourt School of Public Policy Affiliated Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
    • Professor of Practice | Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Georgetown University
    • Vice President | Co-Founder, Global Innovation Fund
    • Director of Europe, agriculture and nutrition policy, One Campaign
    • Director Special Program, USAID
    • Senior Policy Analyst | Director, Center for Global Development
    • Deputy Chair, Poverty Working Group, Clinton Global Initiative
    • Intern and Special Assistant to Finance Minister, Government of Liberia
    • Consultant, World Bank
  • Education

    • Master in Public Administration in International Development, Harvard University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame
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