Mara Kolesas is a political theorist whose interests extend from the conceptualization of citizenship, democracy, human plurality and the thought of Hannah Arendt to issues of political subjectivity, social justice, education, equity and inclusion. She received her doctorate from the New School of Social Research in New York, and has taught in Argentina, Peru, the US, and Lebanon. Committed to bringing academic insights to practical uses and social endeavors, she has worked as a strategist, institutional analyst, DEI practitioner, and consultant for organizations such as the University of California, the United Nations, and the Universidad del Pacifico, Peru. 

At the Fromm Institute, she is currently engaged in new programming to diversify the teaching agenda. She has conducted the Conversatory on Racism with expert guests, and facilitated discussion groups on each topic. She is now conducting the Conversatory on Rights around the World.