Molly Elgin-Cossart


Principal, Investments

Molly leads US-based global policy and advocacy opportunities and works with Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative investees to help them achieve sector level change.

Before joining Omidyar Network, Molly was a senior fellow on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress, and prior to that, served as chief of staff to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, co-chaired by President Yudhoyono, President Sirleaf, and Prime Minister Cameron. Her work focuses on advancing sustainable development and human dignity through the use of data, technology, and partnerships. She frequently advises governments and multilateral organizations and has helped launch global initiatives such as the Leave No One Behind charter. 

Molly was previously chief of staff at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, where she drove the Center’s strategy and launched the Center’s highly successful global development program. Prior to her time at NYU, she was the founding director of programs and partnerships for the Dalai Lama Fellows, a nonprofit focused on ethical leadership, and she worked for the Empirical Studies of Conflicts project and IBM Global Business Services. 

Molly received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was a teaching assistant for the Stanford economics department and a research assistant for the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in political economy and history. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was recognized with the Murphy Award as the top political economy student. Molly is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader alumni of Atlantik-Bruecke.