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Molly O'Donnell

Director of Operations

The Pearson Institute

Molly joins the Pearson Institute as the Director of Operations. She manages the operational and programmatic functions of the Institute--including operations, finance, and administration--leads the creation and execution of strategic programming and communications, and liaises with faculty and students at Harris.

Molly’s career has revolved around teaching the issues and events that impact people and cultures across space and through time and using that knowledge to improve the lives of others. She has been a museum director; worked in international development on projects in Kenya, Nicaragua, and Belize; taught courses such International Relations and Conflict Management and International Political Economy to graduate students at DePaul University; directed a leadership program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and developed and directed the Civic Scholars Program at the Booth School of Business.

Molly has a Ph.D. in anthropology with a concentration in North American archaeology, master’s degrees in international public service and art history (non-Western), and she is currently finishing her MBA.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.