Director, Professor of Practice
Molly has more than 15 years experience in policy, innovation, social justice and international development. Her career has spanned government, international organizations, impact investing, research, and philanthropy.
Most recently, Molly served as Vice President and founding team member of the Global Innovation Fund – a groundbreaking new $200 social investment fund that she helped design, capitalize, launch and lead. Supported by the Omidyar Network and the governments of the UK, US, Australia and Sweden, the fund pioneers a new approach to early stage impact investing to pilot, test and scale promising global development solutions. Previously Molly served in the Obama administration at USAID as Director of special programs of Development Innovation Venture, a new initiative modeled on venture capital that backs innovative solutions to intractable problems in the developing world.
Molly worked overseas with the World Bank, including in Pakistan supporting a half a trillion dollar earthquake recovery loan and working on a bottom-up study of poverty in rural villages in India. In Liberia, Molly worked in the Finance Ministry in the government of Nobel prize-winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Earlier in her career, Kinder was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development and directed the Center’s work on Pakistan. She co-authored the Center’s best-selling book, Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health, which is required reading in more than 60 universities. She also served as Director of Agriculture and Europe policy at the ONE Campaign, as deputy director at the Clinton Global Initiative and a consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Molly started her career as a Jesuit Volunteer working with Portland Oregon’s homeless population and as an intern at Oxfam America.
Molly served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman Security Fellow, and was ranked in the “Top 99 under 33” in foreign policy by Diplomatic Courier. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, USA Today, Time Magazine, and the Boston Globe.
Education: University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Economics; Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Master of Public Administration in International Development.
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Favorite Quote: “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love,” Mother Teresa
What I’m Reading Now: “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford.