Maureen Costello

Teaching Tolerance Director

Maureen Costello leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources. She oversees all aspects of the project, including the award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, the development of multimedia teaching kits, professional development resources and special projects. Before joining the SPLC, she oversaw development of the 2010 Census in Schools program for Scholastic Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. For eight years, she directed Newsweek's education program, which was dedicated to engaging high school and college students in public issues. She served as academic dean at Notre Dame Academy High School in Staten Island, N.Y., where she also taught history and economics. As a teacher, she worked with both the Advanced Placement Program and the New York State Regents on assessment-related projects. She is a graduate of the New School University and the New York University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.