The current CEO and President of Operation Respect, Molly McCloskey is an innovative leader with proven ability to collaborate, engage, and inspire through shared accountability and a compelling vision. She has worked in every level of education from early childhood through graduate school in school based, university, association, and nonprofit management roles and serves on several advisory boards, but in her heart, she is still an elementary school counselor committed to equity and a whole child education for each child.
Prior to joining Operation Respect, Ms. McCloskey was director of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign in Maryland. As co-chair of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, she led efforts to increase access to proven nutrition programs like school breakfast, afterschool, & summer meals.
She previously served as Managing Director, Whole Child Programs at ASCD, directing the cross-organizational education reform effort. Her projects included the initiative website, partner relationships across 70 organizations, a network of schools and practitioners, education policy, and speaking and training engagements at schools, school districts, and state based organizations across the country.
Ms. McCloskey has presented across the United States and has written and been interviewed about school reform, whole child education, hunger, and poverty in the Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, USA Today, Edutopia and the Chicago Tribune. She and her wife live in the Washington DC metropolitan area with an assortment of animals and two adult children who occasionally drop by for meals and a little extra love.