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National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University
Molly Hunter is the Managing Director of the National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University. Under her leadership, the network has become the foremost source of information and support services for advocates involved in school funding “adequacy” litigations and related remedial issues, and also grown into a national group of litigators, policymakers, organizers, and other education advocates in over 40 states.
With support from national foundations, Access has undertaken research and published a series of case studies on education advocacy in several states, as well as articles on public engagement, education cost studies, “highly qualified” teachers, and accountability/capacity building. Molly has written several articles, including Requiring States to Offer a Quality Education to All Students (2005); Building on Judicial Intervention: The Redesign of School Facilities Funding in Arizona (2003) and All Eyes Forward: Public Engagement and Fiscal Equity in Kentucky (1999).
Prior to leading Access, Molly practiced education and employment law in New York City, representing a large class of students with disabilities and employee plaintiff classes in Title VII discrimination suits. As a member of the team of attorneys on the New York school funding case, she also represented the plaintiffs in Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State.
Before practicing law, Molly was a CPA, auditing and consulting at Ernst & Young and directing financial functions and implementing financial systems at The Prudential Insurance Company and Puerto Rico Marine Management, Inc.
Molly received a J.D. from New York University’s School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.