Before moving to London to join ONE, Molly was director of special programs for Development Innovation Ventures in Washington, D.C., a new initiative at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that funds innovative approaches to solving global development challenges. Molly led special initiatives including a new program in Haiti, and was responsible for collaboration with external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Molly also worked for three years as a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., where she directed the U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan initiative. She co-authored the report, “Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the U.S. Development Approach in Pakistan” as well as the book Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health, a collection of stories about global health programs that is required reading in more than 60 universities worldwide. As an analyst, she has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, NPR and Al-Jazeera about humanitarian aid to Pakistan. Watch Molly on CNN »
In 2004, when a devastating earthquake struck the northwest region of Pakistan, Molly was working at the World Bank in in Delhi, India. Two weeks later, she moved to Islamabad to join a team that negotiated a half billion dollar loan to Pakistan’s government for earthquake reconstruction. Later, in the wake of U.S.-led efforts to counter extremism and the military campaign in Afghanistan, she helped create the Center for Global Development’s Pakistan initiative.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Molly also holds a master’s degree in international development from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She returned to Notre Dame in March 2012 to accept the Kroc Institute's Distinguished Alumni Award.
—Renée LaReau, Updated April 2013