Lily Mandlin

Deputy Director


As Deputy Director, Lily stewards overall organizational fidelity to Essie’s strategy, values, and team-learning goals. Lily also oversees Essie’s internal systems of staff support and operations.

Lily joined Essie in 2015 and brings with her a passion for creative problem solving and building with integrity, and a deep belief in power of women. Previously, she was part of the Tipping Point Community’s T-Lab, where she focused on innovative ways to support people reentering their communities after prison or jail. She oversaw a civic engagement program for emerging leaders, expanded it to four cities, and supported start up social change organizations at Echoing Green, an organization that identifies and supports social entrepreneurs. Lily began her career in public service in the New York City Council, where she focused on affordable housing advocacy and press strategy. Lily holds a BA in Government from Wesleyan University.